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30 killed, 13 trapped in separate Chinese mine incidents

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: 13 miners are trapped underground after a mine floods
  • Rescue crews are working to retrieve the remains of mine blast victims
  • Two others were killed in an explosion at a third mine
  • China

Beijing, China (CNN) -- Rescue crews on Sunday worked to retrieve the remains of 28 workers killed in a coal mine accident in northwest China, state media said.

The accident occurred Saturday when an underground cable in the mine caught fire, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Rescuers had retrieved the remains of five miners, Xinhua said.

The owner of the coal mine in Shaanxi province was detained.

Meanwhile, 13 miners were trapped underground and three others were lifted out of a mine shaft safely after a coal mine in Gansy province flooded on Sunday, authorities told Xinhua.

The 16 were working in the shaft when the flooding occurred Sunday morning at the Jijitaizi Coal Mine in Jinta County, Jiuquan City, the news agency said, citing the provincial work safety bureau. The mine is under construction, Xinhua said. Rescue operations for the trapped miners were under way.

In another part of the country, two people were killed in an explosion at a coal pit in Hunan province, in central China, on Sunday, Xinhua said. Authorities were investigating the cause of the explosion.