26 trapped in China coal mine

August 23rd, 2011 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 23 (IANS) Twenty-six miners remained trapped Tuesday in a flooded coal mine in northeast China, Xinhua reported.

The illegal coal mine in Boli county of Heilongjiang province belonged to the Hengtai Coal Mining Co. Ltd.

There were 45 miners underground when the coal mine was flooded in the coal-rich Qitaihe city, a spokesman with the provincial work safety administration said.

Nineteen miners managed to escape but 26 others were trapped, he said. Rescue efforts are underway, he added.

The facility produces 30,000 tonnes of coal annually.

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