At least 36 dead after Ukraine mine blast

At least 36 dead after methane-coal dust mine explosion in Ukraine

At least 36 workers were killed and 44 injured after a mixture of coal dust and methane exploded in an underground mine in Ukraine early Sunday morning.

The Ministry of Emergencies says more than 250 people were underground at the time.

Four of the miners are in critical condition.

The Zasyadko coal mine is located in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. A fire at the accident scene was hampering rescue efforts.

It was the site of a methane blast in May 1999 that saw 50 miners die.

Ukraine has one of the worst mine accident rates in Eastern Europe. Most mining accidents in Ukraine are blamed on old equipment and disregard for safety rules.