SHANGHAI – The death toll from a coal mine accident in China rose to eight after five bodies were found, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
Two bodies were recovered underground in the early hours of Thursday and the other three were found in the afternoon, said the rescue group working at the mine in Shandong province.
Thirteen miners remain missing.
The teams continue to work with difficulty to rescue those trapped after the accident last Saturday, since which they have only been able to rescue one miner alive from the rubble.
The incident was caused by a rock fracture that destroyed a section of a tunnel and blocked the exit of the 334 people working there, although 312 were evacuated.
Chinese mines, especially coal mines – the country’s main source of energy –, have a high accident rate and are among the most dangerous in the world, although the number of fatal accidents has fallen significantly in recent years.
In 2017, there were 219 accidents with 375 deaths in Chinese coal mines. That number of deaths decreased 28.7% compared with 2016 and was almost 20 times lower than at the beginning of the last decade, when more than 7,000 people died each year.