One Vietnamese worker was killed and 10 others were injured after water flooded a coal mine in the northern province of Quang Ninh early Thursday morning, local media reported.
The accident occurred at around 1 a.m. in Thanh Cong Mine in Cam Pha Town, more than 200 kilometers northeast of Hanoi.
“We have rescued ten miners. One of them died when taken out of the mine,” a manager of the mine said. Two of the rescued workers are in critical condition.
Rescuers are trying to save the last victim who is still inside the mine.
A total of 12 people were working during their night shift when water started flooding the mine.
One of the workers had reportedly dug into an abandoned mine, probably left behind by illegal "rat-hole" miners.
The province has documented many cases of flooding caused by abandoned mines which were not closed properly and, as a result, became deadly "water pockets" that could burst anytime. Some of the "pockets" might also have been formed naturally.
Local authorities will offer VND6 million (US$270) to the family of the dead victim and VND3 million ($135) to each of the injured miners.