Twenty-seven miners were killed and seven remained trapped after an explosion in a Chinese coal mine, state media said yesterday.
The explosion in a facility of Anxin Coal Mining Co in China’s northern Shanxi Province occurred on Friday morning, when 58 miners were working underground, Xinhua agency said.
Fifteen workers made it to the surface alive following the blast, which ripped through the mine’s main shaft shortly after 1pm. Another nine miners were rescued on Friday evening.
More than 100 rescuers from three local mine disaster relief teams were continuing to search into the night for the 34 trapped miners.
“Explosives” blew up at the bottom of the shaft at the mine in Luliang in the coal-rich province, initially trapping 43, Xinhua had said on Friday, citing local officials.
The mine’s licenses and certificates were valid and it passed a safety inspection earlier this year, the report said.
Meanwhile, a landslide on a mountain in Luliang killed at least 16 workers at a rural brick factory, with one worker rescued, Xinhua reported yesterday. It added that another two people remain trapped, rescuers said.
Rescue work has been temporarily suspended as there were signs of potential landslides nearby, Xinhua said. More than 300 rescuers and 20 earthmoving machines have been mobilized in the search for the missing, the report said.
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