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Rescue halts for trapped miners

ATTEMPTS to rescue 16 trapped miners from a flooded coal mine have been suspended in northeastern China's Jilin Province, as the site was in danger of a possible new cave-in, rescuers said yesterday.

The miners were trapped when a cave-in flooded Zhonghe Coal Mine in Meihekou City about 1:55pm on Friday.

New crevices have emerged during digging to reach the miners, which pointed to probability of a new cave-in at the accident site.

On Saturday, rescuers used about 10 excavators to fill the cave-in nearly a kilometer from the mine entrance, aiming to prevent more water coming out of drifting sand.

"The rescue is extremely difficult this time," said rescuer Jia Changjiang.

Among the trapped, 15 were residents of Meihekou City and one was from Dongfeng County in Jilin.

The coal mine was licensed and run by Zhonghe Township with an annual capacity of 60,000 tons.


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