Rescuers Work to Free 21 Trapped in Flooded Coal Mine in China

Emergency teams work to rescue 21 workers trapped in a flooded coal mine in the northwest Xinjiang region in China, according to local media.

The flooding at the Fengyuan coal mine in the Hutubi County occurred on the evening of April 10 during upgrading works and initially trapped 29 miners. Rescuers already managed to free eight and are working to rescue the remaining 21.

It is unclear what caused the flooding, but it reportedly cut power underground and disrupted communication lines, obstructing rescue efforts.

Rescuers have located the remaining trapped miners — 12 on one platform, eight on a second platform, and one in an escape route where the flood had entered, according to state-controlled broadcaster CCTV.

“The working platform with 12 people is 1,200 meters from ground level and the underground terrain is complex, making rescue difficult,” CCTV reported.

CCTV also reported that the rescuers have been trying to pump water out of the flooded shaft while piping air into the mine at the same time.

Rescuers were also installing additional pipes, but the operation is expected to be challenging, according to CCTV.

State media reported that over 1,400 people, including dozens of medical professionals, were involved in the rescue operation by April 11.

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