October 12, 2008

Ten Missing in Southwest China Coal Mine Accident

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

CHENGDU, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) - Ten people went missing in a coal- gas outburst in a coal mine in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Sunday, an official of the provincial work safety administration said.

The accident took place shortly after the midday when 21 miners were working in the Xingfu coal mine in Hongqiao town, Jiang'an county, the official said.

Eleven of the miners managed to escape on their own, while the other 10 were missing as of 8 p.m. Sunday.

Vice governor of Sichuan Li Chengyun and officials of the provincial work safety administration have rushed to the site to coordinate rescue efforts.

Rescuers from nearby Yibin city and Wenshan county as well as those from the Furong mining group were involved in the rescue operations.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 1500 12 Oct 08.

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