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33 miners trapped after explosion in Chongqing, China, coal mine

Two other miners escaped.

By Ed Adamczyk
33 miners trapped after explosion in Chongqing, China, coal mine
A coal mine explosion Monday in Chongqing, China, has trapped 33 miners. Photo courtesy of Google Maps

CHONGQING , China, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Thirty-three miners were trapped underground in a Chongqing, China, coal mine after an explosion Monday, city officials said.

Two miners escaped, but the condition of the 33 was unknown. Rescue operations were underway in the mine in southwestern China. A statement posted on the city of Chongqing's social media page said the explosion in the city's Yongchuan district occurred shortly before noon on Monday.

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Mining accidents in China are not unusual, CNN reported; 12 miners were killed by a gas leak in April in a mine in northeastern Jinlin province, and four miners were rescued after being trapped underground for 36 days in a January incident in which at least one miner died.

Twenty-two miners were killed in a gas explosion in Chongqing's Wansheng District in May.

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