Tibet landslip buries miners in huts
30 March BBC
Hundreds of rescuers are working to free 83 miners buried by a
landslide near the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, Chinese state media have
said. State television reported the landslide had engulfed a large area
including huts where the miners slept.
More than 1,000 emergency workers have been sent to the disaster
site, at an altitude of 4,600m (15,000ft).In a seperate incident, a gas
explosion at a coal mine in Jilin has killed at least 28 people.
The Babao mine in the city of Baishan in the north-east of the
country is run by the state-owned Tonghua Mining Group. Another 13
miners were rescued after the explosion at 22:40 (14:40 GMT). The mine
in Tibet, which produces copper, as well as some silver and gold, is
operated by a subsidiary of state-owned China National Gold Group,
China's biggest gold producer.State media reports said most of the
workers were ethnic Han Chinese, with two reported to be ethnic
Most were said to be migrant workers from Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan
provinces.A vast amount of debris and land engulfed the workers' camp in
Maizhokunggar county, Xinhua news agency reported.Police said the area
that collapsed was up to 4 sq km (1.5 sq miles). Chinese officials
believe the Tibetan plateau has huge resources, including millions of
tonnes of copper, lead, zinc and iron ore.