10 dead, 2 missing in coal mine flood in southwestern China

The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that rescuers have recovered the bodies of the miners from the Zengjiagou mine outside Dazhou in Sichuan province. Xinhua gave no word on the status of the two missing miners.

Xinhua said the flood occurred last Monday, but gave no explanation of why the news was delayed.

It said the mine’s owner and a safety official have been taken into police custody. Such floods usually happen when miners inadvertently drill into abandoned shafts that have filled with groundwater.

Twenty-two miners were rescued last month from a flooded coal mine in northeastern China after about one week under ground.



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