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Twenty-six miners have been trapped for two days in a flooded coal mine in northeastern China.
The state-run China Daily newspaper says rescuers on Thursday were rushing to pump water from the mine in Qitaihe, in Heilongjiang province, but hadn't yet made contact with the trapped miners.
It says the mine filled with water on Tuesday when workers broke through into an adjacent flooded pit.
Nineteen miners escaped to the surface.
Reports said the mine had been operating illegally because it was supposed to have been integrated into a larger mining complex before resuming production.
China's mines are notoriously deadly, although safety improvements have cut annual fatalities by about one-third from a high of 6 995 in 2002. - Sapa-AP