18 caught in Xinjiang gold mine collapse

Rescuers on Sunday worked to reach 18 people trapped underground after a collapse at a gold mine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, state media reported.

A total of 40 people were working underground at the mine in Yining County, about 100 kilometers from the border with Kazakhstan, at the time of the collapse on Saturday afternoon.

Twenty-two miners were brought to the surface but 18 remained trapped.

“A rescue operation is underway to recover the remaining miners,” the Xinhua News Agency said late Saturday.

Mine safety has improved in recent decades, as has media coverage of major incidents, many of which were once overlooked.

But accidents are still common in an industry where safety regulations are often lax, especially in the simplest of locations.

In September last year, 19 miners stranded underground after a coal mine collapse in northwestern Qinghai province were found dead after a long search.

But in December 2021, 20 miners were rescued from a flooded coal mine in northern Shanxi province, while two others died.

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