Monday, July 11, 2011

Twenty-one miners trapped in a mine in eastern China

Twenty-one miners were trapped by rising water in an iron mine in eastern China, Monday, July 11 reported the state media. Seven people managed to escape when the water is mounted in a well in the city of Weifang in Shandong province, Sunday to 23 hours (15 hours in Paris), reported Xinhua. An investigation was initiated to determine the cause of the accident, the fourth in a mine in less than two weeks, according to Xinhua.

Sunday, two miners were rescued after being stranded for more than a week in a mine in southern China in which eight people were killed and twelve others that are missing, announced on state media. More than 2,400 miners died last year in Chinese mines, the deadliest in the world, with an average of six more fatalities every day.

These official figures probably greatly underestimated, according to NGOs, many mines operating illegally and all accidents are not routinely reported for fear of sanctions or closure. Recently, Chinese authorities have implemented a policy to improve in the next three years the safety of mines.

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