Shanxi coal mine accident investigation: 153 remain trapped

2010-03-30 18:21 BJT

 

A preliminary investigation has shown that flooding at a state-owned coal mine in north China's Shanxi province, may have started Sunday afternoon when workers dug into a network of old, water-filled shafts.

One hundred and eight of the 261 workers who were in the mine have been rescued. Rescue efforts continue for the 153 who remain trapped. Over a thousand rescuers are working to find survivors or recover bodies. Pipes are being brought in to pump out water.

Jin Maiguang, Rescue Worker, said, "We are racing against time and doing everything we can to put the pipes together, pump out the water, and reach those who are trapped underground."

Editor: Zheng Limin | Source: CCTV.com