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Rescue called off as final bodies retrieved from coal mine disaster
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13:48, November 02, 2007

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Rescue work has been called off after two weeks with the recovery of all the five missing bodies of miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in northwest China's Gansu Province, according to the local government.

The Wangjiashan No.2 Coal Mine in Gansu Province was flooded at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 19, trapping five workers who were maintaining the shaft underground.

Rescuers retrieved the body of the first victim two days later after the flood engulfed the colliery in Jingyuan County of Baiyin City.

Each family of the victims is expected to get 200,000 yuan (over 27,000 U.S. dollars) in compensation from the mine, according to the agreement reached with the boss of the mine.

The colliery was a county-level state-owned enterprise with an annual production capacity of 60,000 tons.

The company, which went into operation in 1991, had been forced to suspend production in May this year and to carry out repairs because of substandard mining conditions.

Investigators are trying to find out the responsible person for the accident.

Source: Xinhua

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