China mine flood traps at least seven: Report

At least seven miners are trapped in a flooded colliery in central China`s Hunan Province.

Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 10:19 AM IST

Beijing: At least seven miners were
trapped in a flooded colliery in central China`s Hunan Province, local authorities told state media Wednesday, in the latest accident to hit the nation`s mining industry.

The accident happened late yesterday in Yide Coal Mine
in Xiangtan County of Xiangtan City, a spokesman with the
county government told the official Xinhua news agency.

No further details were available and rescue work is
underway, the report said.

China`s mining industry suffers frequent disasters
with floods, explosions and shaft collapses killing thousands
of miners each year.

Last year 2,631 Chinese miners were killed, according
to official statistics, but independent labour groups say the
true figure is likely to be much higher as many accidents are
believed to be covered up.
The government has repeatedly vowed to shut dangerous
mines and strengthen safety but the accidents continue with
regularity as mines rush to pump out the coal on which China
relies for about 70 per cent of its energy.
In a rare moment of good news for the accident-prone
industry, 29 miners were freed from a flooded coal mine in
southwest China last month.

Bureau Report