Five Killed in Coal Mine Flooding in Central China

Five miners were killed in a colliery flooding in central China’s Hunan Province, a local official said Wednesday. A shaft of Pijing Coal Mine in Anhua County flooded at about 11 a.m. Monday when 10 miners were working underground, said Zou Xiongbin, deputy magistrate of the county. Four workers escaped, but six were trapped. Rescuers had been removing water using eight pumps. Xiang Fuquan was rescued Tuesday night after being trapped for 36 hours.His was conscious and in a stable condition under medical observation. Three bodies were recovered early Wednesday and the last two were found at about 6 p.m.. An initial investigation showed that workers dug through a discarded shaft by accident, where the water flooded in, said Zou.


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