A total of 25 workers are still trapped following a coal mine explosion in Anhui province, CRIEnglish reports.
Among the 39 workers who were underground when the blast occurred, twelve have been rescued, with one of them being treated in the hospital for burns. Two other bodies have been retrieved, according to the report.
Teams have had difficulties in the rescue effort, as part of the coal mine tunnel collapsed. They’re now working on reinforcing the tunnel.
“The major problem now is the tunnel isn’t in good condition, but it’s being repaired,” said one rescuer. “The air quality has improved after aeration resumed. There was toxic gas before.”
Because it’s flood season, the local government had called on all coal mines to cease operation, but this privately-owned mine didn’t follow the orders.
China’s coal mines are considered to be among the deadliest in the world, and deaths and injuries resulting from such explosions are often blamed on failure to properly follow safety regulations.