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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Coal mine flooding traps 17 workers in W. China

[USMRA] Coal mine flooding traps 17 workers in W. China province
www.chinaview.cn 2004-05-23 23:04:25

China Mining Tragedy LANZHOU, May 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A total of 17 workers were trapped in a coal mine hit by flooding Sunday afternoon in Gansu Province,officials said.

Twenty-nine miners were working in Wutao Coal Mine in Shandan County when the accident happened at 1:30 p.m. and 12 were rescued.

A group of officials and experts headed by Deputy Governor YangZhiming have rushed to the site for rescue operations, and investigation into the cause of the accident is underway."