Eight Died in a Flooded Coal Mine in China

Eight miners have been killed by flood in the mine where they worked due to heavy rains affecting the province of Shanxi, northern China. The rains have caused at least two more deaths and forced the evacuation of 47,200 people in the last two weeks.

On Saturday rescuers have managed to evacuate the bodies of seven workers killed by flood. At the time of the flood (at noon on Friday), there were 21 workers in the mine, but ten of them escaped alive. The other three are still missing, reported the Xinhua news agency.

In 60 counties of the province there have been heavy rains since September 4 that have caused floods and landslides, as reported by the civil affairs department of the provincial government. So far has accounted for the destruction of 5,000 houses and many more have been damaged.

The rains have also affected more than 61,360 hectares of crops, of which 6,400 hectares have been completely ruined, and rain is expected to continue at least until Monday.