21 Coal Miners Trapped by Underground Flood

Rescue efforts are ongoing.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers stand near a banner which reads: 'Home is waiting for your region' at the entrance to a flooded coal mine.
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers stand near a banner which reads: "Home is waiting for your region" at the entrance to a flooded coal mine.
Gao Han/Xinhua via AP

BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday were trying to reach 21 coal miners who were trapped by an underground flood in China's northwest, a state news agency reported.

The mine in Hutubi County in the Xinjiang region flooded at about 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, the Xinhua News Agency said. It said eight people were rescued.

China's coal mines are among the world's deadliest, regularly suffering explosions and gas leaks despite repeated safety crackdowns.

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