March 28th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

123 trapped in China coal mine

[Updated 9:15 p.m.] Read the full story

Some 123 people were trapped in a Chinese coal mine after it was flooded Sunday, state-run media reported.

Mine workers became trapped in the Wangjialing coal mine in China's Shanxi Province when underground water gushed into the mine, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the provincial work safety supervision administration.

Officials said more than 100 workers were rescued from the mine, but another 123 remained trapped inside. Officials originally estimated that 152 people were trapped inside.

The cause of the flooding was not immediately known.

The mine is a key project approved by the provincial government in a coal-rich area, Xinhua reported.

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  1. Bill Larkin

    I am praying too that God helps those miners I agree with Allen Nichols we need to pray for them and help in any way possible.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. living in reality

    Coal is important to other countries as well. I am sorry for the miners and their families. The government isn’t responsible for what happened, mining in any country is dangerous. People in the US should remember what happened not so long ago in coal mines in the east

    March 29, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
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