Sunday 23 November 2014

Some 34 miners trapped inside Bosnian coal mine

Published 05/09/2014 | 08:02

WELZOW, GERMANY - AUGUST 10:  A bucket wheel excavator mines lignite coal at dusk in the Welzow open-pit lignite coal mine on August 10, 2013 near Welzow, Germany. The mine, operated by Vattenfall,  is one of several in the immediate area that feed a nearby power plant with coal. In a development project initiated by state government, other nearby former open-pit mines have been turned into lakes in a rejuvenation effort that is also intended to make the area a viable tourist destination.  (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
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Thirty four miners are trapped deep inside a coal mine in central Bosnia that has collapsed.

The mine union leader at the Zenica coal mine, Mehmed Oruc, said two tunnels in the mine collapsed on Thursday evening following a gas explosion triggered by a minor earthquake that had hit the area near the town of Zenica.

Oruc said today the miners are trapped more than 500 metres (1,600 feet) underground, but are alive and have enough air. He added that rescuers are hopeful the miners will be brought out soon.

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