Eleven were rescued, one missing after a gold mine exploded in coastal Shandong province on January 10.
The bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine in China have been found, bringing the death toll to 10 since the incident earlier this month.
A total of 22 miners working about 600 meters underground were trapped after an explosion at the Hushan mine in Qixia, a major gold-producing region in China’s coastal Shandong province, on January 10.
Eleven were drawn out alive on Sunday.
The mayor of Yantai City in Shandong Province, Chen Fei, told a press conference that rescuers continued to search from Sunday to Monday afternoon and found nine bodies.
A worker had died earlier after falling into a coma.
The bodies of nine workers were brought to the surface, Chen said, adding that a minor was still missing.
“Until this worker is found, we will not give up,” he said. “Our hearts are deeply grieved. We express our sincere condolences and we express our deep condolences to the families of the victim. “
The 11 miners pulled out on Sunday were rescued much sooner than expected after it emerged that steel pipes in a blocked mine shaft had prevented debris from falling lower, state media said.
The ventilation shaft, which was the most convenient way to bring workers back up, had been cleared to a depth of 368 meters (1,207 feet), Xiao Wenru, chief mine rescue engineer, told the Mine Rescue Agency on Monday. Xinhua press.
“This is where we found out that there were steel pipes supporting the blockage … there is almost no blockage under the steel pipes,” Xiao said, adding that he There had been a breakthrough in rescue efforts after clearing some blockages and finding the “cavities below”.
Chinese mines are among the deadliest in the world. The country recorded 573 mine-related deaths in 2020, according to the National Mine Safety Administration.
Prolonged and costly rescue efforts are relatively new to China’s mining industry.
Increased surveillance has improved security, although demand for coal and precious metals continues to prompt corner cuts.
A new crackdown has been ordered after two accidents in mountainous southwestern Chongqing killed 39 miners last year.