Wednesday, June 17, 2009

31 killed in coal mine blast in Indonesia

The death toll from an explosion at a coal mine believed triggered by a gas leak rose to 31 after rescuers unearthed more bodies Wednesday, officials said.

Rescuers pulled out 14 burned bodies from narrow paths inside the 300-foot (100-meter) - deep mine on Wednesday and were searching for one more miner thought to be buried inside, said local police Chief Yasman Esha.

"From latest verification, we can conclude that only one miner is still inside, but we fear he has already dead," Esha said by phone.


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