Seagulls sit on a wooden construction on July 19,2015 near the Nordenskjodbreen glacier in the abandoned Russian mining settlement of Pyramiden, on the Norwegian Arctic Svalbard archipelago. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET
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The death toll in Russia's worst mining disaster in recent history climbed to 36 Sunday as officials said 26 missing workers could not have survived and another six, most of them rescuers, had been killed in a new explosion.On Thursday, four miners were killed when a methane explosion ripped through the Severnaya mine in Arctic Russia at a depth of 748 meters (2,450 feet).A fresh methane explosion at the mine in the small hours of Sunday killed five rescue workers and a miner, Anton Kovalishin, a spokesman for the emergencies ministry in the Komi region where the mine is located, told AFP.In 2010, 91 people -- both miners and rescuers -- died after a methane explosion at the Raspadskaya mine in the Siberian region of Kemerovo.
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