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About 150 people being evacuated from Russia's Alrosa mine due to flooding

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The pump station of the Mir underground mine of Russia’s diamond producer Alrosa in the Siberian Republic of Yakutia has been inundated and 151 workers are being evacuated, Yakutia’s Emergencies Ministry told TASS.

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"Evacuation is in progress. Workers are being brought to the surface. There were 151 men inside at the moment," the source said. There have been no immediate reports of casualties.

The location of 90 miners has been established, according to the source.

"Contact with others is being set up," the source said. He added that about 200,000 cubic meters had flooded the Mir mine.

"It has been established that at the depth of 210 meters, the VKS-2 pumping station has been flooded.

"According to preliminary reports, as many as 200,000 cubic meters of underground water flooded the mine," the source said

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