Coal mine flooding kills five in China

Five miners were found dead in a flooded coal mine in north China’s Shanxi Province, rescuers said Tuesday.

The miners were trapped when about 100,000 cubic meters of underground water flooded the pit of a mine operated by Guzhou Weifeng Mining Co., Ltd. in Pingding County at around 7 p.m. on July 31, according to the rescue headquarters.

Of the 76 miners working at the time of the accident, 71 escaped. Rescuers drilled tunnels into the underground shaft to pump water out.

The licensed state-owned mining company has a designed annual production capacity of 600,000 tonnes.


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