Despite frantic rescue efforts, hopes are fading for 102 miners trapped in a flooded pit in southern China.
Waters are rising and a senior local official has been quoted as saying the mens’ chances of survival are relatively small.
Although four of those trapped managed to escape from the coal mine in the town of Xingning in the province of Guangdong after the accident on Sunday, an all-out effort to save their stranded colleagues has so far drawn a blank.
What caused the flooding is unknown but Chinese mines are no stranger to accidents. They are recognized as the most dangerous in the world, with 2,700 lives lost in the first half of this year alone.
Today, there were reports of an explosion at a colliery in a neighbouring province. The death toll there is at least 14.