36 miners remain trapped in China coal mine

July 22nd, 2008 - 12:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Baise (China), July 22 (Xinhua) Around 36 miners remained trapped Tuesday in Nadu coal mine in China’s southern region of Guangxi Zhuang, after it was flooded Monday afternoon, rescuers said. Guo Shengkun, who is leading the rescue team, said 56 miners were working underground when the mine was flooded at 3.30 p.m. Monday.

Seven workers managed to escape and 13 have been rescued in an overnight effort. The injured workers have been sent to a local hospital for treatment.

“They were trapped in a place, some 2,000 metres from the entrance. The lack of oxygen in the mining tunnel would make it difficult for the exhausted miners to get out by themselves,” a rescuer said.

The mine has an estimated coal reserve of 2.98 million tonnes. The Youjiang Mining Bureau in Baise owns the mine, which began its operation in 2003.

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