According to local authorities, according to information in a paper note that was handed over by workers trapped in a rubble at a gold mine in Qixia, administratively part of Yantai, Shandong Province, Eastern China, 12 people are still alive, nothing is known about the state of the other 10 workers.
The accident occurred on January 10 at about 14:00. It is assumed that the explosion occurred about 240 meters from the entrance. 22 workers at the time were at a distance of more than 600 meters.
Search and rescue operations at the scene are continuing with the use of drilling rigs. It is expected that through the drilled channel, rescuers must, while in the elevator cage, enter the shaft filled with poisonous gas after the explosion.