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Five workers found dead in China mine collapse

By the CNN Wire Staff
A mine worker stands outside the entrance to the Wangjialing coal mine in northern China's Shanxi province on April 5, 2010.
A mine worker stands outside the entrance to the Wangjialing coal mine in northern China's Shanxi province on April 5, 2010.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Five trapped workers found dead over a week after their coal mine was flooded
  • Fatalities come a day after 115 miners were pulled out alive
  • Miners were part of group of 261 working in the Wangjialing mine when it flooded March 28
  • Mine accidents are common in China; In 2009, 2,631 people were killed in such accidents
RELATED TOPICS
  • China
  • Shanxi Province

(CNN) -- Five trapped workers were found dead Tuesday in northern China more than a week after their coal mine was flooded by a rush of underground water, state media reported.

The fatalities came a day after 115 miners were pulled out alive amid cheers, as rescuers scrambled to reach dozens more believed to be still trapped inside.

The miners were part of a larger group of 261 working in the Wangjialing mine when it flooded on March 28. Rescuers were able to reach 108 miners immediately after the flooding.

Before the Monday rescue, the miners tapped and shouted to indicate they were alive, state-run Xinhua news agency said. Hundreds of rescuers were working around-the-clock to drain water, monitor gas and pull out miners, said Wang Jun, governor of Shanxi province, where the mine is situated.

Video: 'Miracle' mine rescue in China

Mine accidents are common in China. In 2009, 2,631 people were killed in such accidents. The figure, while high, is down from 2002 when 6,995 people died.

On Monday, the country launched a two-month campaign of safety inspections in mines and other industries that have had serious accidents.