At least 7 miners trapped in flooded coalmine in central China

At least seven rescuers are trapped underground in a flooded coalmine in central China, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

The Yide coalmine in Xiangtan City in central China’s Hunan Province was flooded on Tuesday, however no details of the incident were provided.

Rescuers are currently pumping the water out of the coalmine and are searching for the missing miners, the agency said.

The coal industry in energy-hungry China is one of the most dangerous in the world due to poor work safety standards and intensive work schedules. Some 7,000 lives are lost annually in accidents at coal mines in the country.

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