Second body retrieved in flooded coal mine in SW China

09:50, July 16, 2011      

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A second body was retrieved Friday morning from a flooded coal mine in southwest China's Guizhou Province, 14 days after a flood trapped 23 workers underground.

Two miners working in the Niupeng Mine, located in Pingtang County of the Bouyei-Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Qiannan, have been declared dead, said Li Shangkuan, the director of the Work Safety Administration Bureau of Guizhou Province.

The water level in the mine is dropping continuously, as drainage work is still under way. However, the water is still about 63 meters deep in the mine, Li said.

Rescuers were still draining the mine on Thursday in order to find more bodies.

A body found on Wednesday was confirmed to be that of the deputy mine manager after DNA tests were conducted, Li said.

Heavy rains and a drainage system breakdown have been blamed for the July 2 flood.

Source: Xinhua
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