China's National Coal Mine Safety Administration warned of possible floods at coal mines alongside persistently strong rainfalls in South China and Southwest China.
Entering the rainy season, South China witnessed frequent wide-range rainfalls in June, and the National Meteorological Centre issued rainstorm alert for 31 consecutive days as of July 2.
Strong rains have made millions of people in ten provinces like Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Sichuan and Jiangxi subject to floods.
Coal mines are also seeing increased risks of higher water levels and flood flowing into underground mines. Meanwhile, thunder, lightning and strong winds could cause power cutoff at lots of mines, and possible landslide and mudslide could bring severer dangers to coal mines.
The administration stressed the importance of intensifying prevention of coal mine floods, strengthening monitoring of flood situations and spot safety loopholes timely.
On June 25, two coal mines in Shandong province reported 96 and 249 workers were trapped underground for six to seven hours because of power failure amid rainstorm. On June 28, abnormal water burst was found at a coal mine in Chongqing. Although workers were lifted to safety in time, three rescue staff died.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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