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At least 18 trapped in Shaanxi mine

(Xinhua)

08:25, August 17, 2012

XI'AN, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- At least 18 people were still trapped underground after a roof collapsed in a colliery in northwest China's Shaanxi Province late on Thursday, according to local authorities.

The accident occurred at around 7 p.m. at Ruifeng Coal Mine, a facility in Yulin city of Fugu county with an annual capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, said an official of the Yulin city government.

As of 9:40 p.m., two people had been rescued while at least another 18 were still trapped underground, the official said.

Rescuers said the situation underground is not yet known.


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