China coal mine collapse leaves 14 workers dead

File - XIAOYI, Dec. 17, 2021 Rescuers work at the site of a flooded coal mine in Duxigou Village, Xiaoyi City, north China's Shanxi Province, Dec, 17, 2021. Credit Image: © Cao Yang/Xinhua via ZUMA Press)

Fourteen workers who were trapped when a coal mine in southwest China collapsed 10 days ago had died, media reported Sunday.

A rescue operation finished Sunday noon after the bodies of the miners were retrieved, state-owned Xinhua News Agency said.

The workers were trapped after the roof of a shaft at Sanhe Shunxun coal mine in Guizhou province collapsed on Feb. 25.

The rescue operation was challenging because the roof caved in about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the entrance of the mine, and the collapsed area was considerably large, media reported.

Further investigation into the cause of the accident was underway.

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China’s coal mines are among the world’s deadliest, regularly suffering explosions and gas leaks despite repeated safety crackdowns.

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