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13 miners trapped underground after coal mine floods in NW China

07-19-2010 08:34 BJT

LANZHOU, July 18 (Xinhua)-- Thirteen miners have been trapped underground and three others have been lifted to safety after a coal mine in northwest China's Gansu Province flooded Sunday, local authorities said.

Sixteen miners were working down the shaft when the accident happened at the Jijitaizi Coal Mine in Jinta County, Jiuquan City, at 11: 30 a.m., the provincial work safety bureau said.

The mine is under construction.

As of 10 p.m., nearly 100 rescuers were still racing to pump water out from the flooded shaft to save the trapped workers. The owner of the coal mine is under police control.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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