15 miners trapped
in coal mine after water leakage in
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
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
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.