Beijing (AP) – Rescuers On Sunday, one of the 22 workers trapped for two weeks was picked up after an explosion in a northern gold mine on Sunday.
The report stated that the worker was in a vulnerable position but no other details were given. The state broadcaster CCTV showed ambulances parked with engineering vehicles at the mine in Kixia, a jurisdiction under Yantai in Shandong Province.
Rescuers are in contact with 10 laborers who were in the mine when an explosion occurred on 10 January while it was still under construction.
Another worker is reported dead while the fate of 11 others is unknown. The shaft is reportedly blocked 350 meters (1,000 ft) below the surface by 70 tons of debris. Rescuers have drilled additional shafts for communication, ventilation and evacuation of the survivors.
The news agency Xinhua News Agency reported that a nutrient solution was made available to the surviving workers, but rescuers are now able to provide regular food and drink.
Authorities have detained the mine managers for delay in reporting the accident for more than 24 hours. The cause of the explosion has not been announced.
Improving surveillance has improved safety in China’s mining industry, which used to cause an average of 5,000 deaths per year. However, there has been a steady decrease in demand for coal and precious metals, and last year 39 miners died in two accidents in Chongqing.
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