İrem UZUN -TDO- Chinese officials say rescuers have found the bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine, raising the death toll to 10. Eleven others were rescued on Sunday after being trapped for two weeks, and one person is still missing at the mine in Shandong province. An official says search efforts will continue for the remaining miner until he is found.
The miners became trapped in the Hushan mine when the entrance to the tunnel collapsed after a blast on 10 January. There was joy on Sunday after the 11 were brought to the surface. "From Sunday afternoon to this afternoon, rescue workers have not stopped searching, and found a further nine trapped miners who unfortunately all died," the mayor of Yantai city Chen Fei told a briefing on Monday.
Chen and other officials involved in the rescue effort held a moment of silence for the victims on Monday. "Our hearts are deeply grieved. We express our profound condolences, and we express deep sympathies to the families of the victim," Chen said. Mine managers have been detained for waiting more than 24 hours before reporting the explosion.