China gold mine explosion: At least a dozen workers still alive after being trapped for a week, reports say

China gold mine explosion: At least a dozen workers still alive after being trapped for a week, reports say

Chinese state
media
say
12
out
of
22
workers
trapped
for
a
week
by
an explosion
in
a
gold
mine are
alive,
as
hundreds
of
rescuers
seek
to
bring
them
to
safety. 

The
Xinhua
News
Agency
said
Monday
a
note
passed
through
a
rescue
shaft
Sunday
night
reported
the
fate
of
the
other
10
remains
unknown. 

The
handwritten
note
said
four
of
the
workers
were
injured
and
that
the
condition
of
others
was
deteriorating
because
of
a
lack
of
fresh
air
and
an
influx
of
water. 

Rescuers drill a new channel at the site of a gold mine that exploded in Qixia City, China, on Monday. (AP/Xinhua)

Rescuers
drill
a
new
channel
at
the
site
of
a
gold
mine
that
exploded
in
Qixia
City,
China,
on
Monday.
(AP/Xinhua)

RESCUE
EFFORTS
AFTER
STRONG
INDONESIA
EARTHQUAKE
STYMIED
BY
BLOCKED
ROADS,
LACK
OF
GEAR 

Managers
of
the
operation
were
detained
after
they
failed
to
report
the
accident
for
more
than
a
day.
The
mine
in Qixia,
a
jurisdiction
under
the
city
of
Yantai
in
Shandong
province,
had
been
under
construction
at
the
time
of
the
blast,
which
occurred
Jan.
10. 

More
than
300
workers
are
seeking
to
clear
obstructions
while
drilling
a
new
shaft
to
reach
the
chambers
where
the
workers
were
trapped
and
expel
dangerous
fumes. 

“Keep
on
with
the
rescue
efforts.
We
have
hope,
thank
you,”
read
the
note,
written
in
pencil
on
notebook
paper
and
posted
on
Xinhua’s
official
website. 

Chinese state media say 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week by an explosion in the gold mine are alive, as hundreds of rescuers seek to bring them to safety. (AP/Xinhua)

Chinese
state
media
say
12
out
of
22
workers
trapped
for
a
week
by
an
explosion
in
the
gold
mine
are
alive,
as
hundreds
of
rescuers
seek
to
bring
them
to
safety.
(AP/Xinhua)

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China’s
mining
industry
has
a
reputation
for
skirting
safety
requirements
amid
massive
demand
for
coal
and
precious
minerals,
although
increased
supervision
has
reduced
the
frequency
of
accidents
that
used
to
claim
an
average
of
5,000
miners
per
year. 

Two
accidents
in
the
southwestern
megacity
of
Chongqing
last
year
killed
39
miners,
prompting
the
central
government
to
order
another
safety
overhaul. 

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