Res­cue un­der­way

22 coal min­ers trapped un­der­ground in Hei­longjiang

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By TIAN XUEFEI in Harbin and XU WEI in Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at xuwei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

At least 22 min­ers have been trapped un­der­ground fol­low­ing a gas ex­plo­sion at a coal mine in Hei­longjiang prov­ince, au­thor­i­ties said on Wed­nes­day, the lat­est ac­ci­dent to hit the coun­try’s coal min­ing in­dus­try.

The ac­ci­dent took place at about 9 pm at the Jingyou Coal Mine in Qi­taihe, the city’s news of­fice said on Wed­nes­day.

Po­lice have de­tained the mine owner, man­ager and other staff who could be li­able, the news of­fice said. City au­thor­i­ties have not ap­proved pro­duc­tion at the mine and its ac­tiv­i­ties were il­le­gal, it said.

The ac­ci­dent fol­lowed another two ma­jor coal mine ac­ci­dents in the past two months. On Sept 28, a gas ex­plo­sion at a coal mine in Shizuis­han, Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion, killed 19 peo­ple and left one per­son miss­ing. On Oct 31, a gas ex­plo­sion at a coal mine in Chongqing killed 33 min­ers.

Au­thor­i­ties have or­ga­nized a res­cue team of more than 100 peo­ple as part of the res­cue ef­fort, and a spe­cial tele­phone line has been put into the mine to aid the res­cue ef­fort.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Res­cue work­ers at­tempt to free 22 min­ers trapped un­der­ground at the Jingyou Coal Mine in Qi­taihe, Hei­longjiang prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day.

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