Yup, you read that right. Did you do a double take? The world is on such a high after the incredible Chilean rescue, that seeing another article with miners trapped seems almost normal. This time, however, it is in China and twenty-six miners have already died. Eleven still remained trapped, unfortunately, authorities on not hopeful that they will find the eleven alive.
The Pingyu Coal & Electric Co. Ltd coal mine, in Yuzhou, China has had its problems in the past, and workers have complained that the mine is dangerous. Just two years ago, there was another explosion that killed twenty-three people. And while the Chilean Miners were being rescued, this tragedy was “unfolding.” A deadly gas blast on Saturday, October 16th is to blame for this tragedy, and the eleven miners who are left, are probably covered with coal dust and debris and have possibly suffocated.
One hundred and fifteen miners in China were recently rescued after a week of being stuck in a mine that had flooded, but these mine disasters seem to happen often in China because of possible illegal mining.
We can pray for these miners and their families. The outlook does not look good, and after a wonderful celebration for Chile, we need to realize that these disasters happen more frequently than we think. We now need to focus on the safety issues so these disasters do not happen anymore.