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Confirmed death toll in dam disaster rises to 69

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-23

The confirmed death toll from an accident at Russia's largest hydroelectric plant rose to 69 on Sunday, with six people still listed as missing. A surge of water at Siberia's Sayano-Shushenskaya plant on Monday engulfed some 100 workers.

AFP - The confirmed death toll from the disaster at Russia's largest hydroelectric plant rose to 69 on Sunday, with six people still listed as missing, a spokesman for the search and rescue team said.
   
"The toll from the accident has risen to 69," said a spokesman for the rescue operation at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant in Siberia, according to Russian news agencies.
   
The catastrophe is believed to have been triggered Monday when a technical problem caused a massive surge of water in the turbine hall, engulfing around 100 workers.
   
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said there is no hope of finding those listed as missing alive.
   
More than 2,000 people have been deployed along the Yenisei River to help with the rescue and clean-up operations.
 

Date created : 2009-08-23

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