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8 dead in China mine mishap

At least eight miners were killed and 12 remain missing in two separate mine accidents in China.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 13:33 IST

At least eight miners were killed and 12 remain missing in two separate mine accidents in China, the state media reported on Saturday.

Six miners, who were trapped underground after their mine was flooded on Friday, were confirmed dead, officials in northeast China's Shaanxi Province said.

Rescuers found the bodies of six trapped miners after pumping out the floodwater, Xinhua news agency quoted officials with the Luonan county government as saying.

Investigations show that the flooding was caused by illegal explosion operation conducted by the Tongma Mining Company, which administers this gold mine. People in charge of the explosion were under police custody.

The flooding occurred yesterday when seven miners were working underground in the gold mine, located in Jialu Township in Luonan County.

The explosion broke a nearby abandoned tunnel full with water. One miner escaped narrowly.

Meanwhile, body of one more minors was recovered early this morning from the Ping'an Coal Mine in the city of Fuxin, bringing the death toll of colliery flooding to two, local officials said today.

Six others still remained trapped underground.

Rescue operation was going slowly due to complicated situation underground, head of the rescue mission said.

The flooding occurred on Thursday afternoon in Ping'an Coal Mine in the city of Fuxin in northeast China's Liaoning Province when ten miners were working underground.

Two miners were rescued on Friday and were being treated in a local hospital.

Over the past two weeks, at least 122 miners were killed in mine incidents in China, which occurred violation of safety regulations by the mine owners.

First Published: Dec 09, 2006 13:33 IST