Polish PM promises aid to dead miners’ families

Polish PM promises aid to dead miners’ families. Photo: PAP/Andrzej Grygiel

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced special aid to the families of the five miners who died in a recent disaster.

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“As a result of the tremor in Zofiówka, five miners left for an eternal shift,” the PM tweeted on Wednesday.

“We join in pain with the families of the victims and their loved ones. I made a decision to grant special payments for families of the dead miners. Let them rest in peace,” he added.

Mr Morawiecki also thanked the thousands of people who took part in the rescue operation.

“Your attitude is worth the highest recognition and respect. Thank you!” he added.

The Zofiówka mine was struck by a 3.5-4.0 magnitude earthquake on May 5 trapping seven miners almost a kilometer underground.

Two bodies were found hours later after rescuers pumped out the water from the flooded mine. Earlier last week, two out of the seven were rescued and two others were found dead.

At the time of the quake, 250 people are said to had been working underground. The missing miners were a team drilling a new tunnel.

Conducted in extremely difficult conditions, the rescue operation lasted 11 days. In total, five people were killed in the tremor.

On Monday, Anna Hetman, the mayor of the local town, announced a seven-day period of mourning in the town.