A mine explosion in Kazakhstan left at least 32 people dead and 18 missing.

Kazakhstan Mine Fire: On October 29, the president of Kazakhstan sent his sympathies to the families of the deceased and proclaimed a national day of mourning.

A mine fire in Kazakhstan resulted in at least 32 deaths and 18 unaccounted-for deaths, according to the Ministry for Emergency Situations. Following what seemed to be a methane explosion, 206 of the 252 workers at the Kostenko mine were evacuated, according to operator ArcelorMittal Temirtau, the local branch of the steelmaker located in Luxembourg, while 18 people sought medical assistance.

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On October 29, the president of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, issued a national day of mourning and offered his sympathies to the families of the deceased. In addition, he gave his cabinet the order to cease working on investments with ArcelorMittal Temirtau, even though the government and the business claimed to be close to reaching an agreement to nationalize the enterprise—which runs the largest steel plant in the nation.

“ArcelorMittal can also confirm, as communicated earlier today by the government of Kazakhstan, that the two parties have been in discussions concerning the future of ArcelorMittal Temirtau and recently signed a preliminary agreement for a transaction that will transfer ownership to the Republic of Kazakhstan,” the mining company stated.

“ArcelorMittal is dedicated to finalizing this transaction as quickly as possible to minimize any potential disruptions as much as possible,” the statement continued.

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