Rescuers save 23 workers trapped in China mine, 11 others dead

CHINA- State media in China have confirmed that rescue workers pulled 23 workers out of a mine in northeast China on Wednesday, hours after they were trapped underground by an explosion that killed 11 and left two others missing.

On Tuesday a blast at the iron ore mine owned by Huamei Group, a subsidiary of China National Coal Group Co, in Benxi, Liaoning province, during that time the blast reportedly injured nine mine workers.

According to the state media Xinhua the blast happened when miners were dropping explosives down the one-kilometre (3,280-feet) -deep mine shaft, destroying the pit’s hoisting system.

Earlier the state television network CCTV, earlier reported that a truck carrying explosives had blown up near the mine’s entrance as workers were drilling a mining shaft.

On Wednesday morning, at 5;20 am six mine workers were lifted out of the shaft and two hours later 17 others were pulled out and all are in good condition according to Xinhua.

Xinhua report added that the mine’s electricity, ventilation systems and hoisting system were all brought back online.

Photo Credit- The National

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