Eight people were rescued, but 21 people still remain trapped underground as a result of the flooding of a coal mine in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China, Xinhua reported.
The incident occurred on Saturday at about 18:10, when 29 workers were carrying out the technical reconstruction of a coal mine located in Hutubi County, Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture.
A separate report from state media outlet Global Times reported that 12 miners who remain trapped have been found in the mine as of Sunday and are expected to be rescued, while nine more workers have not been found. p>
Chinese mines are among the deadliest in the world.
In January, it was reported that ten miners were killed in an explosion at a gold mine in China's coastal Shandong province.
In December last year, 23 people died in a mine in the southwestern city of Chongqing. Three months ago, 16 people died in another coal mine in the same area.
Chinese state media reported Sunday that rescue operations at the Xinjiang mine are ongoing.