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26 killed in blast in China

Frantically working rescuers feared the 11 Chinese miners trapped by a gas blast may have suffocated or been buried by coal dust, as loved ones kept a vigil on Sunday and the death toll rose to 26 with five more bodies being recovered.

world Updated: Oct 18, 2010 00:03 IST

Frantically working rescuers feared the 11 Chinese miners trapped by a gas blast may have suffocated or been buried by coal dust, as loved ones kept a vigil on Sunday and the death toll rose to 26 with five more bodies being recovered.

Du Bo, deputy chief of the rescue headquarters, said hopes the others were still alive after Saturday's blast were slim. "Based on past experience, the remaining 11 miners could be buried in coal dust, so the survival chances are frail," Du said.

The Chinese mine drama unfolded as the world was still celebrating Chile's rescue of 33 miners trapped for more than two months.