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China mine flood traps at least seven: state media

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2010
At least seven miners were trapped in a flooded colliery in central China's Hunan Province, local authorities told state media Wednesday, in the latest accident to hit the nation's mining industry.

The accident happened late Tuesday in Yide Coal Mine in Xiangtan County of Xiangtan City, a spokesman with the county government told the official Xinhua news agency.

No further details were available and rescue work is underway, the report said.

China's mining industry suffers frequent disasters with floods, explosions and shaft collapses killing thousands of miners each year.

Last year 2,631 Chinese miners were killed, according to official statistics, but independent labour groups say the true figure is likely to be much higher as many accidents are believed to be covered up.

The government has repeatedly vowed to shut dangerous mines and strengthen safety but the accidents continue with regularity as mines rush to pump out the coal on which China relies for about 70 percent of its energy.

In a rare moment of good news for the accident-prone industry, 29 miners were freed from a flooded coal mine in southwest China last month.




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Three days after an explosion tore through a New Zealand coal mine, trapping 29 miners, authorities say it still isn't safe to send a rescue team underground. Fears of potentially explosive gases have prevented rescuers from entering the mine since the blast Friday at Pike River Mine, located on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island near the town of Greymouth. Peter Whitta ... read more

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