Greece expresses condolences to Poland after coal mine explosion kills 5, injures 20

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Greece has expressed its condolences to Poland on Wednesday following a deadly coal mine explosion that killed 5 people and injured 20.

"Deeply saddened by the news of the tragic coal mine accident in Poland. Αt this difficult time, οur thoughts go out to the missing, the injured and to the rescue crews. We express our sincere condolences to the bereaved families and our sympathy to the people and to the government of Poland," the Greek foreign ministry posted on Wednesday on Twitter.

More than 20 people, including rescuers, were hospitalized with severe burns, the Polish prime minister said following the two methane explosions at a coal mine in southern Poland.

The first blast took place shortly after midnight about 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) under the surface at the Pniowek mine in Pawlowice, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reported ABC News.

According to the media outlet, Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said that one of the 5 dead had been among the 11 injured who were brought to the Siemianowice hospital in most serious condition. Other injured people were taken to other hospitals in the region.