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Arrests follow deadly dam collapse at Siberian alluvial gold mine

Three members of a Russian gold mining company have been arrested and placed in pre-trial detention following the collapse of a dam on the Seyba river in southern Siberia that killed at least 15 miners and left several others missing and injured, according to the Investigative Committee of Russia.

Heavy rains over the weekend weakened the dam at an artisanal gold mining site in Kuraginsky District, which burst early morning local time on Oct. 19, destroying a number of smaller dams and inundating nearby dormitories housing workers.

The dams were built without construction permits, according to the investigative committee.

The director of Sisim LLC was placed in pre-trial detention along with the alluvial operation's manager and a foreman, the committee's press service reported Oct. 21. A criminal investigation is underway.

About 300 people took part in search and rescue operations following the deluge on Oct. 19, according to The Ministry of Emergency Situations.