Eighteen miners have been confirmed useless on Saturday after a carbon monoxide leak at a coal mine in southwestern (*18*), state media reported, with rescue efforts underway to succeed in 5 others nonetheless trapped underground.
Twenty-four miners have been caught up within the accident on the Diaoshuidong mine within the metropolis of Chongqing after the fuel leak occurred on Friday, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
As of Saturday morning, one survivor and 18 victims had been discovered, mentioned CCTV, citing the native emergency rescue command headquarters.
The accident occurred whereas staff have been dismantling underground mining gear, CCTV reported. The mine had been closed for the earlier two months.
Investigators have been working to find out the reason for the accident, the official Xinhua information company mentioned.
An earlier accident on the mine claimed the lives of three folks in 2013, in accordance with Xinhua.
Mining accidents are widespread in (*18*), the place the business has a poor security document and rules are sometimes weakly enforced.
Sixteen staff have been killed at one other mine on the outskirts of Chongqing in September after a conveyor belt caught fireplace and the ensuing blaze produced harmful ranges of carbon monoxide.