At least two dead and more than 50 people trapped after the collapse of a mine in China

An aerial view shows machinery working at an open pit coal mine in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Image taken with a drone. China Daily via REUTERS (CHINA DAILY/)

At least two people died and more than 50 were missing after a landslide in a coal mine opencast in the region of Inner Mongolia, in the north of Chinastate media reported on Wednesday.

“The accident happened on Wednesday afternoon and a preliminary investigation showed that more than 50 people were trapped under the mine,” Xinhua said, adding that three people had been rescued, two of whom did not show vital signs.

The victims were buried under the rubble in the mine Alxa Leagueindicated the official news agency xinhua. Rescuers pulled three people from the wreckage, two of them with no signs of life.

Other state media raised the total number of missing to 57 and indicated that several vehicles were also buried.

Inner Mongolia is a key mining region for coal and other minerals in China. According to critics, this activity has devastated the traditional landscape of mountains, grassy steppe and desert.

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