Rescuers fled on Tuesday to rescue 22 miners who had been underground for nine days following an explosion at a gold mine in China’s eastern Shandong province.
After the supply of food, water and medicine was completed, the oatmeal and insulation blankets were sent down to the stranded people on Monday, as rescue teams used miners and ore to block the shaft. Tried cutting through metal cages.
The Xinhua news agency reported Sunday that the rescue team realized there were survivors underground when they realized that the people had pulled iron ropes and dropped them in the mine.
A note sent by the miners on a line from deep in the mine on Monday morning stated that at least 12 of them were still alive, but there was no air circulation. They also warned of the large amount of groundwater where they were trapped.
According to the Beijing News newspaper, “Please do not stop the rescue,” said the handwritten note. “we expect.”
The miners said they did not know what happened to the rest of their colleagues. A total of 22 laborers were trapped in the mine after the January 10 explosion.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that rescuers were able to have two phone conversations with the miners after the phone wires were placed on Monday.
The Associated Press reported that the cause of the accident has not been given, but the mine was under construction at the time of the explosion.
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According to the Shandong provincial government, two senior party officials have been dismissed in the wake of the accident last week.
An increase in supervision in China’s mining industry has improved safety, which was followed by an average of 5,000 deaths per year. Nevertheless, rapid cuts and accidents in corn and precious metals demand continue.
In December, 23 people died after being trapped in a mine in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing.
Don Liou reported from Beijing, Yulia Talmajan from London.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.