Nearly 70 Trapped, Eight Dead in China Coal Mines

At least eight miners have been killed and 70 others are trapped in a series of mine accidents across China. From AFP: Four miners were killed in a gas explosion in a mine in western-most China’s Xinjiang region Thursday, with one seriously injured, Xinhua news agency said. A dozen workers were in the mine at the time of the explosion while seven escaped the shaft, it said. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Meanwhile the death toll in a flooded mine in south China’s Guangxi province rose to four, with 18 still trapped while rescuers worked frantically to save free them, Xinhua said in a separate report. The flood occurred on Saturday when 71 miners were in the mine, it said. In east China’s Shandong province Thursday, the number of miners trapped in a coal mine in Zaozhuang city dropped to 28, following efforts to save workers stuck in the shaft following a Wednesday night fire. Since the fire broke out, a rescue team of over 1,000 have been working to save the over 90 miners in the mine, Xinhua said. Twenty-three miners remain trapped in a coal mine in southwest China’s Guizhou province that also flooded on Saturday. ...
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