Rescuers yet to reach 22 trapped in Shandong goldmineChina | 12 Jan 2021 8:47 pm
Twenty to workers remain trapped in a goldmine in Qixia in Yantai in eastern Shandong province, following an explosion on Sunday afternoon.
State media sais the Ministry of Emergency Management has sent a work team to investigate.
The blast was not reported to local authorities until Monday night, a local official in charge of the rescue said at a news conference on Tuesday.
The explosion occurred 240 meters below the wellhead, resulting in damage to the shaft ladder room, malfunction of the cage and the communication system. A number of the 22 goldmine workers who were working in the deeper part in the mine were trapped, the Global Times reports.
As of Tuesday, more than 320 rescuers had joined the rescue on site. Due to the explosion in the shaft near the middle, the toxic gas cannot be completely removed in a short period of time, and the shaft equipment is damaged in many places, so the cage and rescue personnel have not yet reached the operating surface where the miners are trapped.
The mine was owned by Shandong Wucailong Investment Co.
After the accident, the company organized a rescue without being fully aware of the difficulties.
The accident was reported to the city’s Emergency Management Bureau 30 hours later.