26 coal mine workers killed, 21 trapped after gas blast
Beijing: In one of the worst mine accidents in China in recent months, at least 26 miners were killed and 21 others remained trapped underground after a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in southwest China, officials said on Thursday.
The death toll kept mounting after a blast in the mine in southwest China's Sichuan Province, last evening.
Twenty-one miners remained trapped underground, and their condition was not immediately known, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Rescue efforts at the Xiaojiawan Coal Mine in the city of Panzhihua were proceeding but were hampered by high temperatures in the gas-filled pit, according to the headquarters.
Temperatures reached 80 to 90 degrees centigrade and carbon monoxide was dense in the zone where the miners were trapped.
Currently, only some mask-wearing ambulance men have been able to enter, authorities said.
A total of 154 miners were working underground when the accident took place yesterday evening and 107 of them were rescued out of the shaft.