October 13, 2008

Three Dead in Northwest China Coal Mine Accident

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.

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