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    Dozens trapped in north China coal mine flood Xinhua - China March 1, 2010 A coal mine flood in north China s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has trapped
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      Dozens trapped in north China coal mine flood
      Xinhua - China
      March 1, 2010

      A coal mine flood in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has
      trapped dozens of people in the pit since Monday morning, safety authorities
      said.

      The accident happened at around 7:30 a.m. at Luotuoshan (Mt. Camel) Coal
      Mine in Wuhai City, at least 600 kilometers from the regional capital
      Hohhot, the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said on its website.

      It said 44 mine workers were trapped.

      Local authorities in Wuhai, however, said "about 40" were trapped, of whom
      eight had been rescued as of 2 p.m.

      SAWS chief Luo Lin and deputy chief Zhao Tiechui -- who is in charge of coal
      mine safety -- are on their way to the site.

      Luotuoshan Coal Mine is owned by Wuhai Energy Co. Ltd. and its parent
      company is Shenhua Group, one of China's mining giants.

      The mine is designed to produce 1.5 million tonnes a year.
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