Sun. Apr 11th, 2021

Beijing — It should quickly be Day Ten of a meticulously sluggish mine rescue operation in China’s japanese Shandong province. State media say 22 employees had been trapped greater than 2,000 ft underground after an explosion broken the entry shaft to the gold mine on January 10.

Rescue efforts have pushed forward since then, with employees drilling a collection of small boreholes deep into the bottom to achieve the trapped miners. To date they’ve ship down not less than three rounds of meals and drugs.

It has additionally enabled the rescuers to speak with the trapped males — first via handwritten notes and now through a phone line. After an pressing, preliminary request for drugs and ache killers, the miners on Tuesday requested for porridge and pickles to be despatched down.


Members of a rescue group work on the web site of a gold mine explosion the place 22 miners are trapped underground in Qixia, in japanese China’s Shandong province on January 18, 2021.


One notice that got here up on Sunday confirmed that 12 miners had been alive at the moment — 11 of them collectively, however one caught about 150 ft beneath the group. They stated they had been affected by poisonous fumes and rising water ranges.

The destiny of the opposite 10 miners was nonetheless unclear on Tuesday. Rescuers knocked on the drilling pipe main right down to them early Monday, however there was no response.

The boreholes work for meals and drugs, however they’re solely a few foot extensive, in order that they’re no assist in bringing the trapped miners again as much as the floor.

Wider rescue shafts are being drilled, however as of Tuesday the principle shaft remained the one manner in or out, and officers stated the soundness of that passage nonetheless could not be verified.


Rescuers drive a casing pipe down to ascertain a connection channel with trapped miners on the explosion web site of a gold mine in Qixia Metropolis, east China’s Shandong Province, January 17, 2021.

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