High temperatures make rescue efforts tougher in coal mine in east China

16:07, July 08, 2011      

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High temperatures have brought great difficulties to rescue work Friday, after a coal mine fire trapped 28 people in in east Shandong Province on Wednesday, local authorities said Friday.


Rescuers convey logs into the shaft of the fire-burned Fangbei Coal Mine in Zaozhuang of east China's Shandong Province, July 8, 2011. A total of 91 people were trapped after an air compression device located in a parking lot 255 meters underground caught fire Wednesday. Sixty-three miners have been rescued as of Thursday. The fire has been put out an the temperature in the mine was gradually decreasing. (Xinhua/Fan Changguo)

The temperature reached 60 degrees Celsius on Friday and exceeded 80 degrees in some areas, rescuers said.

The rescuing teams progressed 20 meters Friday morning but paused after 9 a.m. in order to first cool down the path by spraying water and getting greater ventilation.

Air is being pumped into the areas where the workers are trapped to counter any threat of suffocation, rescuers said.

A total of 91 people were trapped after an air compression device located in a parking lot 255 meters underground caught fire at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Sixty-three miners have been rescued as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

More than 1,000 people have joined in the rescue effort thus far. Two teams of rescuers have already entered the mine, and an underground rescue station has been set up. However, there has not yet been any contact with the trapped miners.


Fire trucks and ambulances wait at the fire-burned Fangbei Coal Mine in Zaozhuang of east China's Shandong Province, July 8, 2011. A total of 91 people were trapped after an air compression device located in a parking lot 255 meters underground caught fire Wednesday. Sixty-three miners have been rescued as of Thursday. The fire has been put out an the temperature in the mine was gradually decreasing. (Xinhua/Fan Changguo)

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.

The mine belongs to the Zaozhuang Fangbei Coal Mine Co., which is headquartered in the province's city of Zaozhuang.

The licensed mine was revamped in June 2010 to expand its production capacity, and the renovation work was inspected and approved in October of the same year.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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