Mourning continues in the Karaganda region for the miners lost in the Kostenko Mine accident. Funerals have commenced, with 14 workers interred on October 30th both in Karaganda city and surrounding towns. Many of the deceased had previously served at other company facilities.
Further farewells are scheduled over the next two days, with the bulk planned for this coming Tuesday. Through social networks, eight additional memorial services have been noted already set for October 31st honouring Marat Fazlov, Olzhas Kamiev, Askhat Sapargaliev, Vladimir Kataman, Damir Kalimullin, Ivan Menikov, Akynzhan Orakbayev and Yuri Polovinka.
The local administration and ArcelorMittal Temirtau are aiding the families in funeral arrangements. It remains that an explosion inferred to have resulted from a methane blast transpired on October 28th, with 45 bodies recovered and one miner still searched for. The first names released bring some solace amidst this tragedy which the President strongly condemned. A criminal inquiry has rightly commenced as the ownership transfer process continues.