13 miners missing in flooded coal mine in NE China

Updated: 2008-06-03 13:19

HARBIN -- Thirteen miners are missing after a coal mine was flooded four days ago in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, local authorities said Tuesday.

The flooding took place at about 2:00 a.m. on May 30 at the Hengda Coal Mine in Jidong County, Jixi City, and the coal mine owner had said no miner was trapped,  said a spokesman of the Jixi work safety bureau.

Currently, rescuers are speeding up efforts to pump water out of the coal mine, the spokesman said.

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