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Trapped Chinese miners ask for porridge and pickles as rescue operation drags on

Beijing — It can quickly be Day Ten of a meticulously gradual mine rescue operation in China’s jap Shandong province. State media say 22 employees have 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 sequence of small boreholes deep into the bottom to succeed in the trapped miners. Up to now they’ve ship down no less than three rounds of meals and medication.

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 medication and ache killers, the miners on Tuesday requested for porridge and pickles to be despatched down.

One be aware that got here up on Sunday confirmed that 12 miners have been alive at the moment — 11 of them collectively, however one caught about 150 ft beneath the group. They mentioned they have 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 all the way down to the early Monday, however there was no response.

The boreholes work for meals and medication, however they’re solely a couple of 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 means in or out, and officers mentioned the soundness of that passage nonetheless could not be verified.

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