Government officials say another 108 men scurried to safety as the mine began flooding Sunday afternoon. A preliminary investigation suggests that miners may have broken through to an adjacent subterranean pit where water had been accumulating, according to the official Xinhua news service.
Television news broadcasts on Monday showed workers feeding tubes into a shaft in an effort to drain the flooded mine, part of a network of tunnels being built at the Wangjialing Coal Mine, a 42-square-mile coal field in Shanxi Province that was scheduled to begin production later this year.
Xinhua said President Hu Jintao ordered that emergency workers “spare no effort” to save the miners. Official reports showed the country’s vice premiere, Zhang Dejiang, at the scene of the accident, which is about 500 miles southwest of Beijing.
Also from AP, “No communication from 153 trapped in China mine.”