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Guizhou coal mine death toll hits 10


09:11, January 23, 2013

Rescuers take a break at the Jinjia colliery in Panxian County, Guizhou Province, where authorities yesterday confirmed that the bodies of 10 miners had been discovered four days after a sudden surge of gas and coal. The search for another three missing workers is continuing. (Photo/Shanghai Daily)

LIUPANSHUI, Guizhou, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a coal mine accident in southwest China's Guizhou province has risen to 10, after five more miners' bodies were found on Tuesday afternoon.

Three more miners remained missing.

Thirteen people became trapped underground Friday afternoon at the Jinjia Coal Mine in Panxian County of Liupanshui City.

Rescue work is still ongoing, according to information from the headquarters of the mine's rescue operations.

Rescue workers returning from the shaft said the rescue attempts were becoming more difficult as the excavation progressed.

According to the workers, the position to which they had advanced was around 10 meters from a seal wall used to prevent gas explosions, and the high gas level in the area could delay the search and rescue work.

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