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More Bodies Found in Flooded Chinese Mine


Rescuers working at a flooded coal mine in central China have recovered the bodies of 39 miners following an accident more than two weeks ago.

The official Xinhua news agency said Saturday recovery teams are still searching for three miners missing and presumed dead.

The miners have been trapped underground at the Sigou Coal Mine in Henan province since December 9, when a nearby river overflowed its banks and water rushed into the shaft.

Xinhua says 10 mine officials have been detained and will face "stern punishment" for the accident.

China's coal mines are the world's deadliest, with more than 5,000 deaths reported every year in fires, floods and other disasters.