17 trapped in China coal mine accidents

Beijing, Sep 23: A total of 17 people are stuck in two coal mines in China’s Heilongjiang province.

The latest incident occurred Sunday morning at the Longshan coal mine in Youyi county in which at least 11 people were trapped in a coal mine after a fire broke out, Xinhua reported.

On Saturday, six miners were trapped due to flooding in another mine in the same province.

An initial investigation showed that a total of 13 people were working underground. Two were lifted out in Sunday’s accident.

The county’s coal management bureau had ordered the mine to suspend production Sep 3, after its licence expired a day earlier, the government said.