China – 21 coal miners trapped underground due to floods

China - 21 coal miners trapped underground due to floods

China – 21 coal miners trapped underground due to floods

Eight miners have been rescued and 21 remain trapped in a coal mine that flooded in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing a local emergency department.

A part of the mine flooded leading to power outages just after 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) on Saturday when 29 miners were working at the mine located in Xinjiang’s Hutubi county.

Twelve were on one platform, eight on a second platform, and the last worker in an escape route. Rescuers have been trying to pump water out of the flooded shaft while simultaneously pumping air into the mine.

In December last year, 23 people were killed after being trapped in a mine in the southwestern city of Chongqing. Three months earlier, 16 people died in a separate coal mine in the same area.

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