14 trapped as Indian coal mine collapses

A sudden rush of water caused a coal mine to collapse in eastern India, trapping at least 14 workers inside.

A sudden rush of water caused a coal mine to collapse in eastern India, trapping at least 14 workers inside.

About 2.5 million gallons of water inundated the mine yesterday after a wall separating two shafts collapsed in the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand state, about 750 miles south east of New Delhi, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

Rescue workers were trying to pump out the water, but the chances of finding any survivors were fading because officials had not able to establish any contact with the trapped workers, the report said.

“We are all praying for their safe return,” the report quoted Dadan Choubey, a local government administrator, as saying.

No other details were immediately available.

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