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29 March 2010 :: 11:03:01 am 16872

Over 150 Workers Trapped in Flooded Chinese Coal Mine

Frantic rescue operations began on Monday in an attempt to save more than 150 trapped workers in a flooded Northern Chinese coal mine. The disaster is the latest in a series of incidents that have affected China’s mining sector over the last few years.
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China, the 28th of March 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: A full scale rescue and recovery effort was commenced early on Monday morning at the Wangjialing Mine in Shanxi province. President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabo have ordered local authorities to do everything possible in order to save the trapped workers after Sunday’s tragic disaster.

Company reports have revealed that at the time of the incident, 261 workers were in the Wangjialing pit as water began to flood the mine. Rescue headquarters have confirmed that 108 workers were brought to safety, but the remaining 153 are as yet unaccounted for. The Wangjialing mine belongs to the state-owned Huajin Coking Coal Company and covers an area of 180km2. An investigation into the cause of the flooding has already been launched, however; as yet no confirmed reports have been issued.

China’s mining industry has been plagued by disasters and is considered amongst the most dangerous in the world. Over 2,600 workers died in China’s coal mines last year alone. This most recent incident will become the worst in Chinese history if the workers are not rescued. In November of 2005, at least 51 miners perished and 100 others were listed as missing following an explosion at a mine in the countries northeast.

Unfortunately, safety standards within Chinese mines are often ignored or are non-existent due to the quest for profits and the ever increasing demand for coal, the source of 70% of the countries energy.

The Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang was immediately dispatched to the scene to oversee rescue efforts.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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