21 miners trapped in China’s flooded mine

Twenty-one workers were trapped in a flooded iron ore mine in eastern China in the country`s fourth serious mine disaster in the last 10 days.

Updated: Jul 11, 2011, 12:57 PM IST

Beijing: Twenty-one workers were trapped
in a flooded iron ore mine in eastern China in the country`s fourth serious mine disaster in the last 10 days.

Water flooded a pit of Zhengdong Mining Co. Ltd in Fangzi District of Weifang City last night when 28 people were working, the city government said in a press release.

Seven people managed to escape and rescuers were
attempting to reach the remaining.

This is the fourth mine disaster in China in 10 days.

Rescuers are still searching for 63 miners trapped from three
other incidents.

In Shandong`s Zaozhuang city, 28 miners were still
trapped after an air compressor caught fire on Wednesday.

According to latest reports, three rescue workers died
while travelling down to the pit in a scorching shaft.
In the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,
rescuers continued to search for 12 workers who were stranded
in a coal pit since July 2.

Meanwhile, rescue work has continued for 9 days after
a colliery flood trapped 23 workers underground at a pit in
Guizhou Province.

PTI