BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say eight people remain trapped Friday in a flooded iron mine in the country’s northeast.
The accident comes a day after 10 people were killed when a building being refurbished in the financial hub of Shanghai collapsed. Both incidents underscore continuing problems with occupational safety despite a government drive to improve standards.
The mine accident took place in Heilongjiang province’s Cuihongshan at around 3 a.m. Friday. Of those working in the mine at the time of the flood, 35 escaped over the course of the day.
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Mine floods often occur when workers breach adjoining shafts, galleries or drifts that had previously been flooded.
China has suffered a spate of industrial accidents in recent months. In March, 78 people were killed in a blast at a chemical plant in the eastern city of Yancheng.
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