November 2, 2008
China Mine Blast Toll Upped to 26
Three more bodies found Sunday raised the death toll from a Chinese coal mine gas explosion to 26, officials said.
Rescuers searching the Yaotou mine in China's Shaanxi Province found the additional victims in a mine shaft and were still searching for the last three trapped underground, a county government official told Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news service.
The blast at the state-owned mine happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Only seven of the 36 workers in the pit were able to get out alive, Xinhua said.