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11 trapped in flooded colliery in SW China

04-26-2012 14:09 BJT

GUIYANG, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Eleven miners were trapped in a flooded coal mine in southwestern Guizhou province, authorities said Thursday.

A total of 18 people were working underground when the flooding occurred at about 10:30 a.m. in the Xinsheng coal mine in Yanhe county, sources with the provincial work safety watchdog said.

Seven miners managed to escape on their own, and rescuers have been sent to the mine for the search of the trapped miners, the sources said.

The mine in the township of Qiaojia has a designed annual capacity of 90,000 tonnes.

An investigation into the cause of the flooding is underway.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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