All ten miners found dead after Xinjiang coal mine collapse

08:38, April 15, 2010      

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The bodies of all ten miners have been found Tuesday in a collapsed coal mine in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, local authorities said Wednesday.

Ten construction workers were killed after the Shajihai Coal Mine in the Mongolian Autonomous County of Hoboksar collapsed on March 30, said Xinjiang Coal Mine Safety Bureau in a statement.

The last body was retrieved at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, putting an end to the 15-day rescue hoping to find the miners alive.

The bodies were taken to Kuitun municipal funeral parlor and the bereaved families had arrived there, it said.

The family of each deceased worker would get around 250,000 yuan (36,620 U.S. dollars) in compensation, it said.

Altogether 21 workers were in the shaft when the accident happened, of which 11 were lifted safely to ground.

The cause of the collapse is being investigated.

The Shajihai Coal Mine, owned by the Luneng Coal-Electricity Development Co. Ltd., is designed with an annual output capacity of 900,000 tonnes.



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