BEIJING (AP) — A rescue operation is underway to rescue 14 workers trapped in a coal mine in southwest China, media reported Sunday.
The roof of a shaft at the Sanhe Shunxun coal mine in Guizhou province collapsed on Friday morning, China Daily reported.
More than 500 rescuers and over 80 emergency vehicles have been dispatched to the site, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
The rescue operation was difficult as the roof collapsed about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the mine entrance and the collapsed area is considerably large.
Rescuers were trying to dig along the mine walls on the exit side. By 6.30pm on Saturday, rescuers had only managed to make progress about 7 meters (23ft).
Huang Hua, the team leader, reportedly said the workers had to race against time.
“As long as there is a glimmer of hope, we must do our best to rescue trapped miners as soon as possible,” Huang said.
Chinese coal mines are among the deadliest in the world, regularly suffering explosions and gas leaks despite repeated safety measures.
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