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Six saved from central China coal mine flood, 18 still trapped

2008-09-07 09:10:30 GMT2008-09-07 17:10:30 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Miners are carried out by rescue workers in Henan province on Sept. 7, 2008. (Xinhua photo)

CHANGZHUANG TOWNSHIP, Henan, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Six miners were pulled out of a flooded coal mine in central China's Henan Province on Sunday, but 18 others remain trapped underground, rescuers said.

Rescuers said 62 miners were doing maintenance work when the flood happened at about 5:45 a.m. at the Renhe Coal Mine in Changzhuang Township, Yuzhou City, and 38 managed to escape.

"The six saved people did not suffer serious injuries, and they have been sent to a local hospital for further observation," a spokesman with the rescue headquarters said.

More than 40 rescuers and six pumps have been dispatched to pump out water and clear away the silt. An air fan is also working to provide ventilation for the trapped people.

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