After 115 Saved, 14 Dead at Flooded Chinese Mine

7 April 2010 (Last Updated April 7th, 2010 18:30)

Rescuers have confirmed 14 deaths at the flooded Wangjialing coal mine in north China's Shanxi Province, with the recovery of two more bodies on Thursday from a shaft where the water level had dropped by 300m. Rescue headquarters said another 24 trapped miners were still missing in the

Rescuers have confirmed 14 deaths at the flooded Wangjialing coal mine in north China's Shanxi Province, with the recovery of two more bodies on Thursday from a shaft where the water level had dropped by 300m.

Rescue headquarters said another 24 trapped miners were still missing in the ill-fated Wangjialing mine, from which 115 miners were already rescued.

Nearly 5,000 rescuers have been working at the site to pump out water and rescue trapped miners, however, a shaft leak has hampered their efforts.

Rescue headquarters' spokesman Liu Dezheng said there is also a threat of dangerous gases seeping into spaces underground, creating the risk of an explosion.

According to rescuers, the initial flood was caused when workers tapped into a disused mine full of water.

A total of 153 miners were working at the mine, which was flooded on 28 March.