Chinese gold mine rescuers say that twelve miners trapped underground after an explosion in a Chinese gold mine a week ago are still alive.

Chinese gold mine authorities added that the workers managed to send a note urging the authorities to save them seven days after the accident.

The 12 miners reportedly also asked for more medicine, including pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as medical tape for the injured.

The fate of another 10 miners missing after the explosion remains unclear.

Mining accidents in China are not uncommon and are often due to poorly enforced safety regulations.

The 22 were trapped at the Hushan mine near Yantai in Shandong province in eastern China on 10 January after an explosion damaged the exit and the communications system of the mine, which was still under construction.

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