Death toll rises to 15 in China coal mine blast

BEIJING, CHINA  (AP) The death toll has risen by two to 15 following a gas explosion in western China, with 18 other miners still trapped.

It still wasn’t known Tuesday afternoon if the 18 were alive more than a day after the blast ripped through the privately owned Jinshangou mine in the sprawling western Chongqing region. Just two miners were confirmed to have survived the blast.

Thirteen fatalities had been confirmed Tuesday morning. Later, two more bodies were recovered from among the 33 left in the shaft following the explosion, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Authorities said hundreds of rescuers were conducting an all-out search for those still trapped.

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