10 missing in Heilongjiang colliery gas blast
Updated: 2006-10-06 11:14
One more person was confirmed missing from Thursday's colliery gas blast in
northeastern Heilongjiang Province, bringing the number of the missing to 10,
according to local government.
Zhao Deshuang, a manager of the coal mine who went down into the mine tunnels
to check the situation of the miners after the gas blast, was also missing, the
rescue headquarters for the gas blast said on Friday.
The gas blast has also caused flooding in the mine, which hampered the rescue
operation, said an official with rescue headquarters who declined to give his
The accident happened at around 5:10 a.m. Thursday in the Baoxing Coal Mine
in Fangzheng County, when 28 miners was carrying out routine tunnel maintaining
work. Nineteen escaped while nine others were missing.
Liu Haisheng, vice governor of Heilongjiang, rushed to the site to supervise
the rescue operation.
Cause of the accident is being investigated.