Mine Blast Kills Nine In C.China
Nine people were confirmed dead after a blast hit a coal mine in central China's Hunan Province.
Local authorities said on Tuesday that the blast occurred at 1:37 a.m. Tuesday at Zubao Coal Mine in Lianyuan City.
A total of 29 people were working underground. 16 escaped and 4 were rescued. Work is continuing to retrieve the bodies of three victims in the flooded shaft.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE)ZHANG JIASHENG, LOCAL ADMINISTRATION OF WORK SAFETY
“The current water increase is about 1300 cubic meter per hour, that is a huge ammount. We are working out a plan to drain the water, including buying several salvage pumps. It needs a process to restore the water draining system under the mine.”
The coal mine is owned by Tengfei Coal Mine Co. Ltd in Doulishan township in Lianyuan City.