Rescuers in northeast China were working today to free 69 coal miners trapped in a flooded mine, the government said.
The flood hit the mine in Jiaohe, a city in Jilin province, at 7am Sunday (midnight Irish time), the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
By Sunday evening, there was still no contact with the trapped miners and their conditions were not known, the official China News Service reported.
The cause was under investigation.
The miners were working underground at the Tengda Coal Mine, a licensed mine run by a local township, Xinhua said.
Jiaohe is about 590 miles northeast of Beijing.
In central China’s Henan province, a coal mine fire yesterday killed at least eight miners, Xinhua said in a separate report. Four others were missing.