Nineteen coal miners were reportedly trapped in a flooded mine in the northwestern Qinghai province of China on Sunday.
At least one coal miner has died, state media Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday. The actual number of casualties is difficult to verify, as the Chinese regime routinely suppresses or alters information.
Local authorities said in a press conference on Sunday that the mine was ordered by the province to stop operating and fix safety hazards on Aug. 2.
A flood in April at a coal mine in the northwestern Xinjiang region left over two dozen miners trapped.
China’s coal mines, among the world’s deadliest, regularly suffer explosions and gas leaks.
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report