The Russian emergencies ministry reported that at least 13 workers were killed due to a dam failure at a gold mine.
The incident took place about 160 km (100 miles) south of the city of Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia, Russia, early on Saturday.
“As of now, there’s information about 13 dead,” the ministry said in a statement.
According to preliminary reports, 14 injured workers from the gold mine were taken to hospitals.
About 12 gold miners are reportedly still missing.
Local investigators explained that heavy rains apparently caused erosion of the dam. Several small cabins where miners stayed, were flooded and washed away as reported by Interfax news agency.
As stated by the minister, some 270 people were involved in a search-and-rescue operation.
Investigators also opened a criminal probe into the violation of safety rules.