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Gas Blast At Hydropower Plant In Siberia Kills Two

A gas explosion at the Krasnoyarsk hydropower plant on the Yenisei River in East Siberia has killed two people and injured at least one.

A spokesman for the Krasnoyarsk regional branch of the Interior Ministry said that the accident occurred on July 8 during repainting work at the facility.

The blast did not affect the work of one of Siberia's main hydropower plants.

The plant, built from 1956 to 1972, supplies 6,000 megawatts of power and is mostly used to supply the Krasnoyarsk aluminum plant.

At this point it's not clear what caused the explosion.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax