Death toll rises to 17 in flooded north China mine

18:54, April 08, 2010      

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The death toll in the flooded Wangjialing Coal Mine in north China's Shanxi Province rose to 17 as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday, while another 21 trapped miners were still missing, the rescue headquarters said.

Three more bodies were recovered Thursday afternoon after two were found in the morning.

Rescuers had restarted work in a shaft close to a disused mine which was suspended earlier due to flooding risks.

Hundreds of rescuers were forced to retreat when the shaft ceiling began to leak Thursday morning, said Liu Dezheng, spokesman of the headquarters.

The leaks had stopped Thursday afternoon.

Rescuers believed the disused mine full of water had caused the initial flood when broken into by workers.

A total of 261 miners were working below ground when the mine flooded on March 28. Altogether 108 miners escaped unharmed while 153 were trapped underground.

On Monday, 115 miners were brought out of the mine alive after being trapped for more than a week.

Source: Xinhua


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