From AP, via Los Angeles Times:
Officials have abandoned efforts to retrieve the bodies of 172 coal miners from a flooded mine in eastern China, family members said Saturday, deepening their anger at what they see as callous treatment by the government and mining company.
A government committee notified some families that more than 40 days after the accident, flood waters remain high in the Huayuan Mining Co. mine and it is still too dangerous to enter.
“Due to these above mentioned reasons, there is no way to retrieve the bodies of the accident’s victims,” the Emergency Rescue Aftermath Working Group, an interagency committee dealing with the accident, said in the notice, dated Thursday. A copy was shown to The Associated Press. [Full Text]