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Blast kills 5 in NE China coal mine

03-23-2012 07:33 BJT

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A gas explosion has killed at least five people and possibly trapped 17 miners underground at a coal mine in the city of Liaoyang in Liaoning Province in Northeast China. The explosion happened around 11:40 am in Dahuang No. 2 Coal Mine, a small, private mine.

The State Administrations of Work Safety and Coal Mine Safety have mobilized rescue personnel, including a mine rescue crew, firefighters and medical team.

The health and mental conditions of the trapped workers are not yet known. Rescuers have already entered the pit.

High gas density is preventing a mass rescue and the plan is to dig a channel to let in fresh air. The cause of the explosion is being investigated and the mine owner is on the run.

Miners say their trapped colleagues were trying to rescue a miner who was caught in a cave-in before the blast. The mine’s directors of security and technology are among the trapped. Rescue will be difficult because those who know the conditions of the mine are unavailable to help.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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