Rescuers pull 29 from flooded coal mine in China
Beijing: All 29 miners trapped in a flooded Chinese coal mine were lifted to safety on Monday, ending a daylong rescue drama, state media reported.
The miners were trapped on Sunday morning after the small Batian mine in southwest China`s Sichuan province suddenly flooded. Rescuers initially thought only 28 were trapped but made contact with the workers on Monday and revised the figure upward to 29.
State broadcaster China Central Television showed a line of ambulances and large crowds waiting near the entrance to the mine and medics easing survivors wrapped in quilts onto stretchers after being led out of the mine.
The miners were barefoot and naked, their work clothes apparently drenched by the flood, and they wore blindfolds so the sunlight wouldn`t hurt their eyes after more than 24 hours in the dark shafts.
The crowd erupted into celebratory applause and shouting as each miner was brought out.
China`s mines are the deadliest in the world, with more than 2,600 people killed in coal mine accidents in 2009 alone.
The official Xinhua News Agency said Batian had stopped production and was being upgraded to increase its annual capacity from 50,000 tons to 60,000 tons. The workers had been underground for safety work, it said.
Though most of China`s mining accidents occur in small, illegal mines, Xinhua quoted Lin Shucheng, chief of the provincial work safety bureau, as saying Batian`s operation was legal and fully licensed.
China depends on coal for 70 percent of its energy production and its mines are the deadliest in the world, with more than 2,600 people killed in coal mine accidents in 2009 alone.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Outrage over Tanmay Bhatt's video mocking Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar
- VHP's women wing Durga Vahini gives arms training to children!
- Heavy rain disrupts flight operations in Delhi
- MP: Liquor mafia attacks police, journalists with weapons
- Attack on African nationals: Gen VK Singh slammed for his statement
- Maneka Gandhi to release Draft Trafficking of Persons Bill today
- Adam Zampa asks Australian media not to call him 'Warnie' - Here's why
- China denies shutting down 109 Confucius institutes in US
- LG G5 pre-booking ends today; listed on Flipkart at Rs 52,990
- Rio de Janeiro police search slums for suspects in gang-rape case