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India power cut traps hundreds of miners: Minister

Published on Jul 31, 2012 6:18 PM

KOLKATA (AFP) - Hundreds of miners were trapped on Tuesday in eastern India after a massive power failure knocked out electricity supplies in half of the country, the chief minister of West Bengal state said.

"We are trying to rescue the coal miners. All efforts are on to resume power supplies. You need power supplies to run the lifts in the underground mines," Ms Mamata Banerjee told reporters in the state capital Kolkata.

She said there were "hundreds" of miners trapped in Burdwan, which is about 180km north-west of Kolkata, where mines are operated by the government-owned Eastern Coalfields Ltd.