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Huge rescue operation saves Chinese miners

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Huge rescue operation saves Chinese miners


More than 100 coal miners have been rescued in northern China after spending a week trapped underground following a flood.

The operation goes on to save around 40 others who remain below the surface.

Those rescued – many of them migrant workers -were put into ambulances, their faces covered to protect their eyes after so long in the dark.

More than 150 workers at the unfinished mine in Shanxi province were trapped when a wall collapsed and water surged into the shaft.

The first to be pulled out and taken to hospital were said to be totally dehydrated after refusing to drink the floodwater, fearing it might be contaminated. They also had severe skin infections and some were in shock.

The governor of the province said it was a miracle the miners had survived.

More than 2,500 people were killed in Chinese mine accidents last year alone.

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