China mine rescues: 21 miners killed, 22 still missing in 2 colliery disasters- 130313 1145z

22 remain missing in China colliery disasters


12:57, March 13, 2013

GUIYANG/HARBIN, March 13 (Xinhua) — Search and rescue efforts continued Wednesday for 22 miners who were trapped in two separate colliery disasters in China.

As of 10 a.m., four miners remained missing in a pit of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, where an outburst of coal and gas killed 21 people Tuesday night.

The accident happened at around 8 p.m. at Machang Coal Mine, which belongs to Gemudi Company of Guizhou Water & Mining Group.

Eighty-three miners were working in the pit, with 58 escaping.

Jiang Liangquan, head of the rescue team, said the bodies of the 21 who died had been retrieved. “The missing four are probably buried under rocks.”

He said rescue efforts were difficult as the toxic gas density in the shaft remained high.

The mine reports an annual output of 450,000 tonnes.

Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are still ongoing for 18 miners who remain trapped in a mud-rock flow accident that happened Monday in Heilongjiang Province in northeastern China.

The accident was reported at 2:30 p.m. at a shaft of the Zhenxing Coal Mine in Hegang City. It trapped 25 people and only seven of them have been saved.” –

Eighteen miners are still trapped underground at a coal mine in northeast China.

State media reported on Tuesday that mud and rocks fell into the mineshaft where they were working.

It happened in the state-run Zhenxing Coalmine in Heilongjiang Province.

Twenty-five miners were trapped at about 2:30pm local time on Monday.

Seven miners working near the shaft entrance were rescued, according to state run media.

The trapped miners were working one third of a mile underground when the mud and rockslide began, blocking the shaft.

Local officials said more than 200 rescuers have been mobilized.

Yan Lizhang, Deputy Chief Engineer, Heilongjiang Mining: “We are trying to restore the conveyors inside the shaft so we can carry out the rescue. Our goal is to rescue the trapped miners at all costs.”

CCTV reported that an investigation into the cause of the incident is underway, but no details have been released.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 at 04:18 (04:18 AM) UTC RSOE


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