Seven trapped Chinese miners found alive

November 19th, 2011 - 3:21 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Nov 19 (IANS) Seven labourers, trapped in a coal mine in China early Friday, have been found alive underground the caved-in mine, Xinhua reported.

According to the regional coal mine safety supervision bureau, the accident happened around 3.10 a.m. Friday in Yuanlin Coal Mine in China’s Xianghuang county of Mongolia autonomous region.

A total of 13 miners were working underground when the accident took place.

The rescuers, however, still need to clear a 20-metre-long collapsed shaft to reach the miners.

The cave-in is the latest in a series of recent coal-mine accidents in China.

On Nov 10, an underground gas outburst in the southwestern Yunnan province trapped 43 miners, of whom 35 have been confirmed dead while the other eight remain missing.

On Nov 15, six miners were killed in another gas leak accident in a coal mine in the central province of Hubei in China.

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