21 miners trapped after Xinjiang coal mine accident: China state media

In this photo taken on Jan 31, 2018, a worker walks past coal piles at a coal coking plant in Shanxi province, China. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Twenty-one miners are trapped in a flooded coalmine in northwest China's Xinjiang region, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday (April 11), citing a local emergency department.

A section of the mine filled with water, leading to power outages just after 6pm (1000 GMT) on Saturday when 29 miners were working at the site in Hutubi county, the report said.

Eight miners have been lifted out.

State media outlet Global Times said 12 of the miners who remain trapped have been located and are expected to be rescued.

The location of nine others has been determined, but their condition is unknown, the newspaper said.

The 12 are on a platform around 1.2km below ground, and the layout of the mine is complex, complicating rescue efforts, it said.

Emergency workers have set up several water pumps at the site.

Chinese mines are among the deadliest in the world.

Ten gold miners were confirmed dead in January following an explosion in a mine in China's coastal Shandong province.

In December, 23 people were killed after being trapped in a mine in the southwestern city of Chongqing. Three months earlier, 16 people died in a separate coal mine in the same area.

State media on Sunday said rescue efforts in the Xinjiang mine were ongoing.

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