October 10, 2008

Three Dead in Northwest China Coal Mine Flooding

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

[Xinhua: "Three Dead in Northwest China Coal Mine Accident"]

XI'AN, Oct.10 (Xinhua) - Three miners who were trapped in a coal mine flood Sunday have all been found dead, said authorities in northwest China's Shaanxi Province on Friday.

A tunnel of Chang'an Coal Mine, owned by Xundong Coal Industry Company in Xunyi, flooded around 6 p.m. Oct.5 while 16 miners were working underground.

Thirteen escaped unhurt the following day, but three remained trapped, said a local source.

The local government organized a rescue operation shortly after the mine flooded.

The remains of the last miner was found by the rescuers early Friday.

The cause of the flood has not been released.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0605 10 Oct 08.

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