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Chinese president, premier send sympathy to mine survivors

XIANGNING, Shanxi, April 5 (Xinhua) –- Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao conveyed sympathy to the nine coal miners who were safely taken out of the Wangjialing Coal Mine in north China's Shanxi Province Monday morning.

Luo Lin, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, read a telegraph of Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang on the site. In the letter, Zhang expressed sympathy to the survivors on behalf of Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao and ordered rescue workers to race against time and go all out to continue the rescue work.

The nine survivors lifted out of the shaft were immediately sent to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Underground water gushed into the pit of under-construction Wangjialing Coal Mine at about 1:40 p.m. last Sunday. Altogether 261 miners were working underground, and 108 were lifted to safety.


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