Coal mine flood traps 21 in China

Eight miners rescued after mine fills with water in Xinjiang, leading to power cut

File photograph taken on December 11th, 2019 shows mining equipment on a mountain of rocks above the Datai coal mine, west of Beijing. Chinese mines are among the deadliest in the world.  Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty

File photograph taken on December 11th, 2019 shows mining equipment on a mountain of rocks above the Datai coal mine, west of Beijing. Chinese mines are among the deadliest in the world. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty

 

Twenty-one miners are trapped in a flooded coal mine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing a local emergency department.

A section of the mine filled with water, leading to power outages just after 6pm (10am GMT) on Saturday, when 29 miners were working at the site in Hutubi county, the report said.

Eight miners have been rescued.

State media outlet Global Times said 12 of the miners who remain trapped have been located and are expected to be rescued.

The location of nine others has been determined, but their condition is unknown, the newspaper said. The 12 are on a platform about 1.2km below ground, and the layout of the mine is complex, complicating rescue efforts, it said.

Emergency workers have set up several water pumps at the site.

Chinese mines are among the deadliest in the world.

Ten gold miners were confirmed dead in January following an explosion in a mine in coastal Shandong province.

In December, 23 people were killed after being trapped in a mine in the southwestern city of Chongqing. Three months earlier, 16 people died in a coal mine in the same area. – Reuters