coal miners who died when the shaft where they were working
filled with water, an official said Thursday.
After days of frantic rescue efforts following the accident
Sunday, the final death toll of 21 was confirmed by a Datong city
government official who gave only his surname, Meng. More than
600 rescuers had been working to pump water from the shaft
and drill holes from the surface at the Jiangjiawan mine near the
northern city of Datong.
A total of 247 miners were underground when water rushed into
the shaft Sunday evening.