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Coal mine flood kills 6 in SW China, 4 missing
Updated: 2009-03-20 14:38

GUIYANG -- Six people were killed and four others were missing in a coal mine flood in southwest China's Guizhou province, local authorities said Friday.

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The accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Lianfa Coal Mine in Qinglong County, Qianxinan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, where 23 miners were working in the shaft.

Thirteen managed to escape. Rescuers found six bodies, but are still searching for the remaining four, said an official with the Guizhou provincial administrative bureau of work safety.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.