After a coal mine in China collapsed, a search and rescue operation was started

Chinese coal mine employees (archival photo)

After a mine collapsed in northern China, at least two people died and more than 50 remain missing.

Following the collapse on Wednesday at around 17:13 local time (09:13 GMT), President Xi Jinping has directed a search and rescue mission.

According to the state news agency Xinhua, more than 200 rescue personnel have been sent to the scene, but only one person has been pulled out of the wreckage alive so far.

The mine is in the Inner Mongolia region of China, at Alxa League.

According to CCTV, a collapse took place in a shaft used by the Xinjing Coal Mining Company.

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