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World Rescue operation to free Chinese miners trapped underground for nearly 2 weeks could take another 15 days

09:56  22 january  2021
09:56  22 january  2021 Source:   cnn.com

22 miners trapped in a gold mine in China

 22 miners trapped in a gold mine in China © Pixabay 22 miners trapped in a gold mine in China After an explosion in a gold mine under construction in China, 22 miners have been trapped there for nearly 48 hours! In China, 22 miners are going through an ordeal, after an accident in an gold mine under construction in Qixia, in Shandong (East of the Middle Kingdom). They have been there trapped for 2 days. An explosion occurred around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, local authorities said on social media.

Chinese rescue teams say it might be more than two weeks until they can save a group of miners trapped hundreds of metres underground . Rescuers face an added problem in that the mine is water-logged and there's the risk the chamber where the miners are stuck could flood.

Rescuers are seen at the site where workers were trapped underground after an explosion at the 10 may have to wait another 15 days before they can be rescued because of a blockage on their Health workers in white protective gear took temperatures beside mounded earth and tents as part of

Chinese officials say it could day 15 days to drill through 70 tons of debris to reach miners trapped underground for nearly two weeks after an explosion at a gold mine in eastern China.

a man riding on the back of a truck: Members of a rescue team work at the site of a gold mine explosion where 22 miners are trapped underground in Qixia, in eastern China's Shandong province, on January 20, 2021. © STR/AFP/Getty Images Members of a rescue team work at the site of a gold mine explosion where 22 miners are trapped underground in Qixia, in eastern China's Shandong province, on January 20, 2021.

Twenty-two miners were left trapped at least 600 meters (2,000 feet) underground following the blast on January 10 in the city of Qixia in Shandong Province. Eleven miners were confirmed to be alive on Sunday after rescue workers were able to drill a channel into a section the mine and install a telephone line, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

China: Rescue of miners trapped in a gold mine keeps the country on hold

 China: Rescue of miners trapped in a gold mine keeps the country on hold © AFP - STR Rescue of miners, in Qixia, Shandong province, on January 13. China is suspended from the hope of seeing alive the 22 miners trapped for a week in a gold mine in Qixia, Shandong province, east of the country. Signs of life were detected on Sunday, January 17, and this Monday morning a new borehole was drilled to try to make contact with the prisoners in the basement. From our correspondent in Beijing, Stéphane Lagarde Screams and tapping in the night of Shandong.

Workers trapped in a gold mine in China since Jan. 10 may have to wait another 15 days before Rescuers work on saving workers trapped underground after an explosion at the Hushan gold Health workers in white protective gear took temperatures beside mounded earth and tents as part of

Nearly two dozen gold miners in China have been trapped underground for more than a week following an accident in the mine shaft. Rescuers are still determining what it will take to safely retrieve the workers, who are believed to be trapped around 2 ,000 feet from the mine's entrance.

a group of people standing on top of a wooden fence: Chinese state media said it could take 15 days to reach the miners trapped 600 meters underground. © STR/AFP/Getty Images Chinese state media said it could take 15 days to reach the miners trapped 600 meters underground.

One miner is believed to be dead after sustaining a head injury in the explosion, state media said. Ten people are stuck in a chamber of the gold mine 600 meters (2,000 feet) from the entrance and are in contact with rescue teams. One miner is believed to be trapped in another section, while the fate and whereabouts of 10 others is unknown.

Efforts have been underway to reach the workers since the blast occurred about 240 meters (800 feet) from the mine's entrance. Food, medical supplies, blankets, and batches of nutrient solution have been passed down a shaft to the 10 workers, who have shown a "gradual improvement" in their physical condition, according to rescue workers cited by Xinhua.

'Please don't stop the rescue': Crews race to save trapped miners in China

  'Please don't stop the rescue': Crews race to save trapped miners in China “Please don’t stop the rescue,” said a handwritten note from the miners. “We have hope.”Porridge and insulation blankets were sent down after life-saving supplies of food, water and medicine were first delivered to the trapped men on Monday as rescue crews tried to cut through metal cages used to transport miners and ore blocking the shaft.

Twelve miners trapped underground after an explosion in a Chinese gold mine a week ago are still alive. The fate of another 10 men missing after the blast remains unclear. Mining accidents in China are not Initially, it took more than a day for the accident to be reported, meaning rescue teams lost

Rescuers say that 12 miners trapped underground after an explosion in a Chinese gold mine a week ago are still alive. State media reports the workers managed to send a note to rescuers seven days after the accident. The fate of another 10 miners missing after the explosion remains unclear.

a group of people sitting at a dock: Rescue teams work to drill through debris to reach the 22 trapped gold miners, on January 20, 2021. © STR/AFP/Getty Images Rescue teams work to drill through debris to reach the 22 trapped gold miners, on January 20, 2021.

According to state media, rescue teams are hoping to pull the miners out through a 711-millimeter (28-inch) diameter passage. By noon Thursday, rescuers had drilled 18 meters into the mineshaft but heavy debris could slow efforts.

Gong Haitao, deputy head of Yantai's publicity department, said at a press conference Thursday the mineshaft is blocked 350 to 446 meters (1,100 to 1,400 feet) below the surface by 70 tons of debris.

"Although the efficiency (of the rescue work) has improved since the 20th, it will take at least 15 days to clear the rescue channel in the main shaft due to the voluminous size of the obstacles," Gong said.

The miners have already been trapped underground for 12 days.

Gong added that rescuers are trying various different ways to clear the obstacles, including the use of high powered machinery and deploying more rescue workers.

Miners have been trapped under the earth's surface for 10 days in China

 Miners have been trapped under the earth's surface for 10 days in China © Photo: Stringer / Reuters On January 12, two days after the explosion, at the site of the mine under construction. In northeast China, 22 miners are stranded several hundred meters below the ground surface. They were trapped after an explosion in a gold mine on January 10. Rescuers are digging tunnels in an attempt to bring them back to the open air. The massive drilling rigs rise several meters above the ground.

Chile's trapped miners were shuttled up a narrow escape shaft to freedom and joyous reunions on Wednesday in a meticulously planned rescue operation that One by one, the miners climbed into a specially designed steel capsule barely wider than a man’s shoulders and took a 15 -minute journey

A worker trapped in a Chinese gold mine died as rescuers scrambled to save 21 others who have been stuck underground for nearly two China miner rescue operation . Emergency responders drilled two "lifeline" channels to deliver materials to the miners and installed a telephone line while

Concern is growing for the uncontacted miners. Some of the workers in the chamber are trying to help rescuers locate their missing colleagues by using laser pointers and loudspeakers, but they have received no response, Xinhua reported.

Rescuers have also drilled smaller channels into other sections of the mine and are lowering nutrient solutions and other means to detect breathing or movement, but no signs of life have been encountered.

Rescue workers are reported to have first heard knocking sounds from those trapped on January 17, followed by pulling on iron ropes. On Monday miners were able to get a note to rescuers. Xinhua quoted the note as saying: "We are heavily exhausted and in urgent need of stomach medicine, painkillers, medical tape, external anti-inflammatory drugs, and three people have high blood pressure."

Explosions and deaths are not uncommon in Chinese mines. In September, at least 16 workers in southwestern China died after they became trapped underground in a coal mine and exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, state media reported.

And in 2016, dozens of workers were confirmed dead after a gas explosion at a coal mine in the city of Chongqing.

'I feel like I am reborn': Rescued Chinese miners speak of relief .
Two Chinese miners who were dramatically rescued after being trapped underground for two weeks described on Tuesday their joy and relief at being free. Eleven men out of a group of 22 were pulled out alive by rescue workers on Sunday after a January 10 mine blast in east China's Shandong province entombed them hundreds of metres underground. "I feel like I am reborn," one of the miners, surnamed Du, was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CGTN Tuesday, wearing pyjamas as he spoke to reporters from his hospital bed. "We had no food to eat for the first nine days," he added. "There are no words to describe the feeling (of being rescued). So relieved.

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