31 Jul 2012, 8:26 pm - Source: AAP
Hundreds of coal miners are reported to be trapped underground in India because a major power failure has cut off electricity used to run lifts.
Hundreds of coal miners are trapped underground in eastern India after a massive power failure knocked out electricity supplies in half of the country, the chief minister of West Bengal state says.
"We are trying to rescue the coal miners. All efforts are on to resume power supplies. You need power supplies to run the lifts in the underground mines," Mamata Banerjee told reporters on Tuesday.
She said there were "hundreds" of miners trapped in Burdwan, which is about 180 kilometres northwest of Kolkata, where mines are operated by the government-owned Eastern Coalfields Ltd.
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