HARBIN, May 17 (Xinhua) - Eight people are still trapped in a flooded iron mine in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, with rescuers saying water is still leaking into the mine from an aboveground river.
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The accident occurred at Cuihongshan iron mine in Xunke County at around 3 a.m., when 43 people were working in the mine, according to the county government.
A total of 35 people have been lifted out of the mine. Among them, one had a fractured wrist and 18 suffered slight injuries.
Experts said the rescue work has been complicated by the water seeping into the pit from the Kuerbin River.
The water level in the mine is still slowly rising, and rescuers said they are working to stop the leak around midnight.