China miners crawl to safety

Brothers escape collapsed mine after nearly six days trapped underground.

    A worker showing the opening from which
    the brothers crawled out [Reuters]

    The paper did not say if any other miners were believed to be trapped in the collapse.


    The good news of their "miracle escape" was tempered by reports of how they survived - apparently by drinking each other's urine in the absence of any other food or water, the China Daily said.


    'A miracle'


    The two emerged from the pit on Friday and were immediately taken to hospital.


    Doctors said the men, both in their 40s, had lost a lot of weight and their kidneys were damaged due to days without food and water.


    "It is a miracle," Zhao Jie, the doctor who treated the pair, was quoted as saying.


    The owner of the mine, a local villager, fled after the accident, according to the paper.


    News of the escape comes days after one of China's worst ever mining disasters hit two neighbouring pits near Xintai in the east of the country.


    Some 181 miners were trapped and are now presumed dead after flood waters from a nearby river gushed into the two mines, trapping the miners underground 10 days ago.


    On Sunday officials began handing out initial compensation of about $260 each to the families of the dead miners


    China has the world's deadliest mining industry with an average of 13 miners killed in accidents every day.

    SOURCE: Agencies


     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    The story of a most-wanted fugitive and billionaire.