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15 miners trapped in coal mine after water leakage in China

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  • Rob McGee
    15 miners trapped in coal mine after water leakage in China Beijing,Monday, May 26, 2003: In yet another coal mine accident in China, 15 miners were trapped
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      15 miners trapped in coal mine after water leakage in China
       
      Beijing,Monday, May 26, 2003:    In yet another coal mine accident in China, 15 miners were trapped underground when water gushed into the Anli coal mine in central Henan province, the state media reported today.   
      Rescue workers were working non-stop to save the lives of 15 local miners trapped beneath the mine shaft following a water leakage on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.
      The water leakage occurred when workers at the Anli coal mine, situated in Long'an district of Anyang city, were repairing the shaft.
      A total of 42 miners were working below the shaft when the accident took place, but 27 miners soon escaped, leaving 15 others at the end of the shaft trapped, the report said.
      After the accident, local authorities rushed to the site to organise rescue operations.
      By this morning, water in the main passageway had been pumped out. Rescue workers have kept sending oxygen into the shaft while continuing to clear away caved-in debris.
      Anli coal mine, which became productive in 1997, is able to produce 60,000 tonnes of coal a year.
      At least 120 people have been killed in a spate of coal mine accidents in central and south-western China this month.
      Most of the accidents are caused by official negligence and lax safety standards, officials say.
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