Tuesday April 13th 2021

Race against time: Workers set up equipment to rescue miners trapped in a coal mine in Hutubi
County, Xinjiang. – China Daily / ANN

Beijing: Rescue work is ongoing after a coal mine in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was flooded and 21 miners were captured, local authorities said.

The accident occurred on Saturday 6:10 p.m. as 29 workers modernized the mine in Hutubi County, Hui Autonomous Prefecture in Changji. Eight people were rescued on Sunday morning and confirmed to be in good condition.

The Chinese Central Television reported on Sunday that the trapped miners are believed to be around 1,200 m underground, but no details about their condition have yet been available.

According to CCTV, the first group of rescue workers installed three pumps in the mine shaft to support the effort.

The Department of Emergency Management has sent a task force to lead and conduct rescue operations.

Bao Yongsheng, a deputy head of Changji , said the pumps can only be placed deeper if the water level continues to drop.

“We are fighting against time to test the fourth pump, which alone can drain 400 cubic meters of water per hour, which significantly increases the drainage capacity increased, “said Bao.

Sun Jizhou, another deputy head of Changji, said that the rescue effort from the start was a major challenge There were problems as both pumps and rescue workers were in short supply, although more support continues to arrive on site. – China Daily / ANN

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