After two weeks trapped underground at the Hushan gold operation in China’s Shangdong province, 11 of 22 workers have been rescued and brought to the surface – one remains missing, and ten of the group were found dead.

Officials said that nine bodies were located at about 400 metres underground the day after the 11 survivors were pulled from the mine. This brought the  death toll to 10 as a miner was confirmed dead on the day of the rescue.

The gold mine collapsed after two explosions on 10 January; a reported total of 70 tonnes of debris were released in the incident, blocking a shaft and cutting off any other means of escape. The blasts occurred 90 minutes apart, and the second was more severe.

The cause of the accident at the mine, which was still being consutrcted, is under investigation. The search for the missing remaining miner is also ongoing.

Sources: Associated Press and abc.net.au

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