At least 15 people are dead and another 13 missing in Russia after a dam collapsed at a Siberian gold mine, according to reports. The dam failure caused rushing waters to flood dormitories of workers as they slept, the Associated Press reported.
The collapse happened after heavy rain near the village of Shchetinkino, in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region. A criminal investigation into workplace safety violations has been opened, officials say.
“The hydro-technical facility was self-constructed and, I believe, all rules I can and can not think of were violated,” Yuri Lapshin, a regional official told Russia’s RIA news agency.