PRAGUE, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Czech CSM coal mine in Stonava near Karvina will partially resume its coal mining this Thursday after the methane explosion, said OKD mining company spokesman Ivo Celechovsky said on Monday.
In the accident last Thursday, 13 miners were killed in the underground explosion.
Miners will start working on Dec. 27 according to the original schedule in parts of the CSM Mine North that were not afflicted by the blast, said Celechovsky. Only the area where the tragic accident occurred will remain closed by special blast-resistant barriers and nitrogen-inerted for several weeks when control methane concentration measurements are to be carried out there. The closed area is about 250,000 square metres.
There are about 800 miners working on two shifts in the mine. CSM coal mine was closed after the accident and the miners all had to stay at home. So far, the remains of only four of the victims have been taken to the surface.
The CSM mine is a part of the Czech state-owned OKD company. The accident is the second most fatal one in Bohemia and Moravia region in the country since 1990.