Coal mine flood traps 16 miners in northeast China

Rescue workers is ready to take actions at a flooded coal mine in Meihekou city, northeast China's Jilin Province, Nov. 28, 2009. The accident took place at about 1:55 p.m. Friday at the coal mine run by the Zhonghe township, with 16 miners still trapped.(Xinhua/Lang Qiuhong)

CHANGCHUN, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — Sixteen miners were trapped in a flooded coal mine in Meihekou city of northeast China’s Jilin Province, said the provincial government Saturday. Initial reports said 17 miners were trapped, but one of them was later found at home. The flooding took place at about 1:55 p.m. Friday after a cave-in. Rescuers said the water and mud inside the mine made the rescue work difficult. They were using about 10 excavators Saturday afternoon to fill the cave-in nearly one kilometer away from the mine entrance, aiming to prevent more water from coming out of drift sand. The cave-in was 12 meters deep and 20 meters in diameter. Song Wei who was in charge of the rescue operation said 3,000 cubic meters of earth were needed to fill it. Among the trapped 15 were local residents of Meihekou City and one native of Dongfeng county of Jilin. The coal mine was run by the Zhonghe township with an annual capacity of 60,000 tonnes.

Rescue workers fill the cave-in nearly one kilometer away from the entrance of a coal mine in Meihekou city, northeast China's Jilin Province, Nov. 28, 2009. The accident took place at about 1:55 p.m. Friday at the coal mine run by the Zhonghe township, with 16 miners still trapped.(Xinhua/Lang Qiuhong)


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