Trapped miners confirmed dead in China

2014-11-12 18:15
Rescuers work at Xiaojiawan Coal Mine in Panzhihua City, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Xinhua, Zhang Zhong/ AP)

Rescuers work at Xiaojiawan Coal Mine in Panzhihua City, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Xinhua, Zhang Zhong/ AP)

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Beijing - Chinese state media say 21 missing miners who were trapped in an August mine collapse in eastern China have been confirmed dead, bringing the death toll to 27.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday that an explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan on 19 August. The search for the missing miners was hampered by collapsed shafts and gas pockets.

It said six bodies were found earlier, while 12 miners escaped.

Chinese authorities determined that the mine was operating illegally.

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