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Rescures hear no further signs of life

2010-04-04 14:30 BJT


It's been a week since flooding trapped 153 miners in a mine in north China's Shanxi Province. With underground water levels continuing to drop, a large-scale rescue operation could be attempted on Sunday.

About three-thousand rescuers are working around the clock to pump out the water. So far, nearly 190-thousand cubic meters have been drained out.

However, there have been no further signs of life, since some banging on the drill pipes was heard on Friday.

The rescue headquarters at the Wangjialing pit has decided to send rafts underground for final surveys, before a large-scale rescue begins.

Earlier on Saturday, a team of 13 rescuers carrying underwater cameras, went down to explore the flooded shaft. But they said the situation was difficult, and the water was murky and deep.

Medical teams are on standby to ensure immediate treatment, once the trapped workers are rescued.

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