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China mine rescuers find two bodies

Rescuers have found two bodies in a flooded coal shaft in north-western China and 11 miners remain trapped - a reminder of the dangers of an industry that claimed the lives of 36 others just days ago.

More than 100 rescuers pumped water out of the mine shaft in Jinta, a county in Gansu province, which was under construction at the time, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Three miners were lifted to safety after water gushed into the mine on Sunday.

On Saturday, 28 miners were killed when an electrical cable caught fire inside a coal shaft in northern Shaanxi province. There were no survivors.

The fire happened at the privately owned Xiaonangou coal mine in Sangshuping town.

The coal mine's owner, Guo Yungang, was detained by police, Xinhua said.

His company, Xinxin Mining, tried to expand the mine in order to increase output from 30,000 tons to 90,000 tons.

In a third accident, eight workers died when a blaze engulfed a coal mine in central Henan province on Saturday morning, Xinhua reported.

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