Monday 22 January 2018

Rescuers battle to reach trapped 11

James Lee in Beijing

Dozens of anxious relatives and friends of 11 miners trapped underground by an explosion in central China gathered outside the site yesterday as rescuers battled tons of coal dust in a bid to reach them.

The number of miners confirmed dead rose by five to 26, state media confirmed.

China's crisis happened as the world was still celebrating Chile's successful rescue of 33 miners. Some in China have asked whether their own officials would make as much of an effort in a similar disaster.

The test came quickly for China, whose mining industry is the most dangerous in the world.

Saturday's mine blast occurred as workers were drilling a hole to release pressure from a gas build-up to decrease the risk of explosions, the state work safety administration said.

But hopes of rescuing the miners were fading as they were buried under coal and it could take three or four days to try to find them.

Irish Independent

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