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Coal miners rescued from pit in China

Report & Video by Katie Lamborn

Miners have been rescued after more than five days trapped underground in a flooded mine in northeast China, but seven are still missing.

The Furuixiang coal mine in Qitaihe city, Heilongjiang province, flooded on Saturday when 22 miners were working at the pit, local television has reported.

So far, three miners have been confirmed dead.

By Thursday more than 40,000 cubic metres of water had been pumped out of the mine, bringing the water level down by 20 metres.

Rescue workers were still searching for the missing miners.

China's mines are among the deadliest in the world because of lax enforcement of safety standards and a rush to feed demand from a robust economy.

But the death toll from accidents has been falling, official statistics show.

The country's government work safety watchdog said that 1,973 miners were killed in coal mine accidents last year, according to state media.

In 2010, 2,433 people were killed, down from 2,631 the previous year.


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