Thursday, November 27, 2014   

Blasting suspected in Yunnan mine flooding
(04-08 18:06)

The coal mine flood that trapped 22 miners underground in southwestern Yunnan Province on Monday was caused by blasting operations, preliminary investigations show.
The accident at the Xiahaizi mine in Qilin District of Qujing City followed a blasting impact on the cavity, said Fan Huaping, mayor of Qujing. The blast caused water in the cavity to spill into other parts of the mine.
The flooding hit the mine at about 4:50 am on Monday, when 26 workers were working underground. Four workers were rescued on Monday morning while 22 remain missing.
Three pumps and more than 500 people were sent to aid the rescue efforts on Monday.
In addition, the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety has mobilized professional rescuers and pumps from neighboring Sichuan and Guizhou, said Luo Shixiong, spokesman for the rescue headquarters.
He said about 1,000 tonnes of water had been drawn out.—Xinhua

   
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