The grisly turn of events has become all too predictable: A disclosure that dozens, scores, sometimes hundreds of Chinese coal miners are trapped in a shaft deep underground. A grueling wait by family members. Allegations of safety violations and corruption amid calls for reform. Then a few weeks’ break until the next mining disaster hits.
On Monday, rescuers said heavy rains had forced them to suspend their search for 122 miners missing since Aug. 7, when millions of gallons of water flooded the Daxing mine in the southern province of Guangdong, trapping the men about 1,400 feet below the surface. Relatives have been asked for DNA samples to help identify any bodies recovered after long exposure to water, as hope faded that they would see their loved ones alive.