Death toll rises to 12 in coal mine flood

Updated on Aug 09, 2007 04:58 PM IST

The death toll from a coal mine flood in southwest China's Guizhou Province has risen to 12 after rescuers recovered four more bodies, media reports said on Thursday.

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PTI | By, Beijing

The death toll from a coal mine flood in southwest China's Guizhou Province has risen to 12 after rescuers recovered four more bodies, media reports said on Thursday.

The dead miners include the director and deputy manager of the mine.

The water entered Longhua colliery in Qianxi County on Tuesday evening when 20 miners were working. Six escaped and 14 were trapped.
Rescuers managed to pull two miners out alive.

Initial investigations show the flood was caused by recent rainfall which caused water to build up in a neighbouring deserted coal mine. The water poured in and caught the miners off guard.

China's coal mines are notorious for their high accident rates.

A total of 1,792 coal miners died in 1,066 mishaps in China, the world's top coal producer and consumer, during the first half of this year.

In 2006, coal mine accidents killed 4,746 people in China in 2006 with an average of 13 deaths per day.

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