A dozen Chinese gold mines, which had been underground for more than a dozen days, sent an urgent note saying that four were injured and others were in serious condition.
“We need medication, pain relievers, medical tapes, external anti-inflammatory drugs, and three people who have high blood pressure,” the note reads, Agence France-Press reported.
According to the Xinhua Nerws Agency, if the other 10 miners were still alive, it was unknown.
Nearly two thousand workers were trapped below the surface after a blast eight days ago near the town of Kixia in eastern Shandong province.
After days without any sign of life, the rescue team heard a knock Sunday afternoon, as they drilled through the mine’s shaft.
“We want the rescue team not to stop so that we can still hope. Thank you,” read the uprooted, water-stained note written in pencil.
The writer told the rescuers to send the medicine from his car, and warned that where the miners were trapped, there was a large amount of water.
Officials said at a press conference on Monday that rescuers were later able to speak with some miners.
Hopes of a miraculous rescue sparked sympathy and encouragement on social media.
The popular social media site Weibo has seen the hashtag “Kixia Gold Mine Incident” 130 million times.
A user of Weibo wrote, “I tore the notes while watching the morning news and tears came out.” “I hope they rescue the trapped workers as soon as possible.”
The managers of the operation were detained after failing to report the accident for more than a day.
The mine was under construction at the time of the explosion, which occurred on 10 January.
With post wires