BEIJING (AP) — Eight Chinese miners have been rescued after being trapped underground for more than three days in a flooded coal mine.
Three other miners are believed to still be alive underground. The flood trapped 16 workers on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, seven workers in another mine have been killed in a gas explosion this morning. Nearly 40 others managed to escape.
A report on the official news agency says an investigation into the cause of that accident is under way.
Floods, gas explosions and cave-ins have made China's coal mines the deadliest in the world, although the death rate has fallen. Safety improvements have cut annual fatalities by about one-third from a high of nearly 7,000 ten years ago.