Rescued miners in China (symbolic image from January 2021)
18 miners were buried in an accident at a gold mine in China.
The state news agency Xinhua reported that 40 workers were at the mine in western China's Xinjiang region at the time of the collapse on Saturday.
22 of them could be brought to safety.
Information on the possible cause of the accident was initially not given.
The mine is located in Yining County, about 100 kilometers from the Kazakhstan border.
China's mines are considered extremely dangerous.
Buddies keep dying.
Poor safety precautions and a lack of supervision are often the causes.
A mine collapse in September last year killed 19 miners.
In December 2021, 20 miners were rescued from a flooded coal mine in northern Shanxi province, and two others died.