Chinese Gold Miners to Stay Trapped Underground for More Than Two Weeks

Rescue teams said on Friday that it could take them at least 15 days to rescue the Chinese miners who have been trapped under tons of debris since an explosion occurred at the Hushan gold mine in Shandong province.

Rescue teams said on Friday that it could take them at least 15 days to rescue the Chinese miners who have been trapped under tons of debris since an explosion occurred at the Hushan gold mine in Shandong province.

Officials said the 22 miners were trapped under 70 tons of rubble following the blast on Ja. 10 in eastern China.

The rescue workers confirmed Sunday that eleven among the miners are still alive after drilling a hole at one location that is approximately 580 meters underground to install a telephone line.

Authorities said that they have been lowering food and medical supplies, together with messages, at their location.

Rescuers believed that one of the miners died after sustaining a head injury and falling into a coma during the blast. Another miner is believed to be trapped in another section of the gold mine.

The whereabouts and the condition of the remaining ten miners are still unknown to the authorities.

State media said the rescue teams are doing their best with the drilling efforts, but their attempts are getting complicated and delayed due to the massive debris composed of hard granite.

“The obstacles are just too huge, which means we need a least another 15 days or even more to reach the miners,” Gong Haitao, deputy head of the local publicity department, said in a press briefing.

Despite the obstacles that officials and rescuers face due to the heavy and large amount of rubbles, they were able to drill small holes at other locations of the mining site to lower nutrient solutions and other supplies. However, they were not able to detect any signs of life.

Authorities are still determining the cause of the explosion that blocked the entrance tunnel of the mine.


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