21 Chinese coal miners trapped by underground flood

China's coal mines are among the world's deadliest

Rescuers on Sunday were trying to reach 21 coal miners who were trapped by an underground flood in China's northwest, a state news agency reported.

The mine in Hutubi County in the Xinjiang region flooded at about 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, the Xinhua News Agency said. It said eight people were rescued.

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China's coal mines are among the world's deadliest, regularly suffering explosions and gas leaks despite repeated safety crackdowns.