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Coalmine accident traps 21 workers in China’s Xinjiang

Published by MAC on 2021-04-13
Source: Aljazeera, Reuters, Channel News Asia

Twenty-one miners are trapped in a flooded coalmine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing a local emergency department.

China's Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) Monday urged a thorough investigation into the cause of the flooding accident.

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China urges investigation into Xinjiang coal mine accident

Xinhua

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-04/12/c_139875857.htm

2021-04-12

China's Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) Monday urged a thorough investigation into the cause of a coal mine flooding accident that happened on Saturday in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The ministry will guide and help the local government to go all out to search and rescue trapped workers and minimize casualties. At 6:10 p.m. Saturday, the coal mine flooded in Hutubi County, the Hui Autonomous Prefecture of Changji, trapping 21 people.

The MEM urged all coal-producing provinces and enterprises to check for safety hazards and required related regulatory organs to intensify law enforcement. National rescue teams and local firefighting teams are aiding rescue operations following the accident, the ministry said.


Xinjiang coalmine accident traps 21 - China state media

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-accidents-mine-idUSKBN2BY01K

April 11, 20213

Twenty-one miners are trapped in a flooded coalmine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing a local emergency department.

A section of the mine filled with water, leading to power outages just after 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) on Saturday when 29 miners were working at the site in Hutubi county, the report said.

Eight miners have been lifted out.

State media outlet Global Times said 12 of the miners who remain trapped have been located and are expected to be rescued.

The location of nine others has been determined, but their condition is unknown, the newspaper said. The 12 are on a platform around 1.2 km (4,000 feet) below ground, and the layout of the mine is complex, complicating rescue efforts, it said.

Emergency workers have set up several water pumps at the site.

Chinese mines are among the deadliest in the world.

Ten gold miners were confirmed dead in January following an explosion in a mine in coastal Shandong province.

In December, 23 people were killed after being trapped in a mine in the southwestern city of Chongqing. Three months earlier, 16 people died in a coalmine in the same area.


21 workers trapped in flooded mine in China’s Xinjiang

CCTV says rescuers have located 12 of the 21 trapped miners.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/11/21-workers-trapped-in-flooded-mine-in-chinas-xinjiang

11 Apr 2021

Eight miners have been rescued and 21 remain trapped in a coal mine in China’s Xinjiang region after flooding cut power underground and disrupted communications, according to state media.

The accident happened in Fengyuan coal mine in Hutubi County on Saturday evening, when staff were upgrading the site, the official Xinhua news agency said. Rescuers had located 12 of the 21 trapped miners, broadcaster CCTV said, but it was unclear if they were all together.

Rescue personnel were trying to pump water from the flooded shaft and have been piping air into the mine. Pipes were being laid but the pumping operation was going to be challenging, CCTV said.

Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and enforcement of regulations is often lax.

In January, 22 workers were trapped in a mine in east China’s Shandong province after an explosion damaged the entrance, leaving workers stuck underground for about two weeks.

Eleven men were pulled out alive, 10 died and one miner remained unaccounted for.

In December, 23 miners died after being trapped underground in the southwest city of Chongqing – just months after 16 others died from carbon monoxide poisoning at another coal mine in the city.


Coal mine accident in China's Chongqing kills 23

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-chongqing-coal-mine-accident-gas-23-dead-13712050

6 Dec 2020

CHONGQING: Twenty-three people died after being trapped in a mine in China's southwestern city of Chongqing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday (Dec 5), the region's second such accident in just more than two months.

The dead were among 24 people trapped underground by excessive levels of carbon monoxide gas at the Diaoshuidong coal mine, the agency said, adding that one survivor had been rescued, after more than 30 hours of search and rescue efforts.

Friday's incident, which occurred at about 5pm in a mine shut for more than two months as the company dismantled underground equipment, is being investigated, it added.

China on Sunday ordered local authorities to "resolutely take decisive measures to effectively stop major accidents in coal mines from happening", according to a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Emergency Management.

Officials from the State Council also urged the Chongqing government to launch a comprehensive safe production check on all coal mines, and eliminate outdated production capacity in an orderly and safe manner, the statement said.

China's mines are among the world's deadliest, with 16 deaths reported in late September after high levels of carbon monoxide trapped miners at the Songzao coal mine in Chongqing.

Diaoshuidong, built in 1975 and run since 1998 as a private enterprise, is a high-gas mine with annual capacity of 120,000 tonnes of coal, Xinhua said.

In 2013, three people were killed and two injured in a hydrogen sulphide poisoning incident at the mine, it added.

 

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