19 Chinese workers died in coal mines

Rescuers found the bodies of 19 miners trapped in a coal mine collapse a month ago.

“As of the early morning of September 13, the rescue work has basically been completed. 19 people trapped have been discovered, no one has any signs of life,” China Central Television CCTV said.

Rescuers discuss rescue plans at Chaidaer coal mine, Qinghai province, on August 14.  Photo: Xinhua

Rescuers discuss rescue plans at Chaidaer coal mine, Qinghai province, on August 14. Photo: Xinhua

More than 1,000 people participated in the nearly 30-day rescue work in extreme conditions at an altitude of more than 3,800 meters. The collapsed Chaidaer coal mine is located on the vast Qinghai-Tibet plateau, which is called the “roof of the world” with its sparse population and harsh climate.

The roof of the Chaidaer mine suddenly collapsed on August 14 when 21 people were working inside. A survivor and a dead miner were brought to the surface a few days later.

Mine accidents are very common in China. In January, 22 workers were trapped in a mine in eastern China’s Shandong province, after an explosion collapsed the entrance, trapping them underground for two weeks. 11 people were rescued after that, 10 people died, one person was missing.

In December 2020, 23 miners died after being trapped underground in the city of Chongqing, southwestern China. The accident comes just months after 16 workers died of CO poisoning at another coal mine in the same city.

Hong Hanh (Follow AFP)

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