Monthly Archives: December 2015

Survivors found in China mine collapse

Eight miners trapped for five days after a mine in China caved in have been found alive state media say

Reports say rescue teams have not yet been able to free the survivors but have made contact and sent in supplies

The rock fall at the gypsum mine in the eastern province of Shandong was so violent that it registered at Chinas earthquake monitoring centre

Nine miners are still missing Seven have already been rescued and one is known to have died

Rescuers used infrared cameras to peer into darkness at the wrecked mine The cameras detected the surviving miners waving their hands

The workers were weak with hunger but otherwise were in good health state media reported They told rescuers they were in passages underground that were intact

Ma Congbo the chairman of Yurong company which owns the mine drowned himself by jumping into a mine well early on Sunday Chinas Xinhua news agency said

His motive was not clear but the Chinese authorities have toughened punishment of employers who are seen as negligent

China has a long history of industrial accidents The latest incident comes days after a landslide caused by construction waste in southern China left dozens of people missing and presumed dead

The nations mines have long been the worlds deadliest but safety improvements have reduced deaths in recent years

Last year 931 people were killed in mine accidents throughout China significantly fewer than in 2002 when nearly 7000 miners were killed