Jan 26, 2021 - World

China rescuers find 9 miners dead, 2 weeks on from explosions

A Chinese miner is saved from hundreds of metres underground where he had been trapped for two weeks after a gold mine explosion in Qixia, in eastern China's Shandong province
One of 22 miners, wearing a blue helmet, is rescued Sunday, after being trapped underground for two weeks after a gold mine explosion in Qixia, in eastern China's Shandong province. Photo: STR/CNS/AFP via Getty Images

Rescuers are searching for a miner still missing underground after retrieving on Monday nine bodies of workers killed in explosions at a gold mine in Shandong province, northern China, per AP.

The big picture: The death toll from the Jan. 10 blasts at the Hushan mine that trapped the miners some 2,000 feet underground now stands at 10. Rescuers efforts saw 11 miners freed to safety Sunday. China has a poor mining safety record. Two separate mining tragedies occurred late last year in the southwest.

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