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60 missing as Russia dam bursts

CHERYOMUSHKY, Aug 19 – Over 60 people are still missing after an accident at Russia’s biggest hydroelectric power station that flooded its main turbine hall, a minister said on Wednesday.

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 12 people were killed in Monday’s disaster, 15 injured and 62 missing, Russian news agencies reported.

He added that the figure of 62 had been compiled from announcements from families of relatives who had not come home after the disaster at the Sayano-Shushenskaya plant in the southern Siberian region of Khakassia.

Sixty-four people had been reported missing on Tuesday but Shoigu said it had turned out that one man had simply been away on a fishing trip. He did not give an explanation for the other individual.

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