Death toll rises to 9 in N China coal mine flood as rescue efforts continue

21:42, April 07, 2010      

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The death toll after a coal mine in north China's Shanxi Province flooded has risen to nine and 29 miners were still trapped as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, as rescue efforts continued.

Rescuers know the two areas the miners are trapped based on information from the accidents' survivors, Liu Dezheng, spokesman for the rescuers, said Wednesday.

Water levels in the two areas are still high with water still flowing into them, making the rescue work difficult, Liu added.

The shafts are also narrow, hampering the movement of rescuers and equipment into the areas, Liu said.

On Monday, rescuers pulled 115 miners out the mine alive, after they had been trapped for over a week.

Source: Xinhua


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