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Water leaks for flooding-hit colliery to be blocked up
2005-08-21 06:44:27 XinhuaEnglish

CHANGCHUN, Aug. 21(Xinhuanet)-- It will take another two days for the major water leaks threatening the Fengguang Coal Mine in Shulan City, northeast China's Jilin Province, to be blocked up, Yuan Yuqing, deputy head of the provincial coal industry administration, said on Sunday.

The coal mine suffered a flooding at around 4:00 p.m. on Friday when 152 miners were working below the ground in its No.5 shaft. A total of 136 miners escaped from the scene afterwards, but 16 others remained trapped underground.

Local coal mine bureau said water of nearby Lianhua Pond flooded into the shaft through several discarded small shafts, causing the accident. Heavy rainfall in recent months also contributed to the flooding, the bureau added. There are now three major leaks beneath the pond, which covers a total area of 120,000 square meters, said Yin Yuke with the provincial coal industry administration.

Yuan Yuqing said over 120 rescuers have been recruited to pack more than 12,000 sandbags that have been used to stop up the leaks. After two days' efforts, 15,000 cubic meters of earth is ready, said Yuan, estimating it needs 35,000 cubic meters of earthto fully plug the source of the flooded water.

Ding Baichuan, head of accident investigation department of the State General Administration of Work Safety, and Xiao Wenru from the mine rescue headquarters under the general administration have arrived at the scene of the flooding accident to give instructions on the rescue work.

Li Yizhong, minister of the general administration of work safety, demanded the water source on the ground for the flooded shaft should be blocked up as soon as possible, so as to avoid further accidents. Enditem

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