In China, 22 miners are trapped in a gold mine after an accident
China: Twenty-two miners trapped in gold mine after accident
The explosion severely damaged the ladder giving access to it
Twenty-two miners have been trapped for nearly 48 hours following an explosion at agold mine under construction in eastern China. The explosion occurred on Sunday at around 2 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time in Qixia, Shandong province, local authorities announced on social media.
The explosion severely damaged the ladder leading to the bottom of the mine as well as the communication cables. Rescuers have not heard from the miners, according to the announcement on Monday evening. The press release does not specify how deep they may be.
World's largest gold producer
This underground is owned by the local company Shandong Wucailong Investment. China is the world's largest gold producer, with 11% of the total extracted on the world's surface in 2019, according to the World Gold Council. The country had more than 3,000 gold mines in 2016, according to a study by the national geological services.
These types of accidents are common in China, where the sector has a poor safety record and where regulations are rarely enforced. In December, 23 miners were killed in a coal mine in Chongqing, in the south-west of the country.
Source:- Flash News and News Agencies