The open cast mine in Odisha, with production capacity of 20,000 tonnes a day, had been shut after the late on Tuesday accident, Dikken Mehra, a spokesman for Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd,
The group has been trapped since last Friday in a 17-meter (55-foot) deep shaft flooded in a heavy downpour.
An unfortunate incident in which at least 18 workers killed and more than a dozen trapped after a rockslide at a marble mine in northwest Pakistan is so sad. It’s time for the civilian government to rescue
Nine other people were injured by the gas explosion on Monday afternoon, which took place in a mine owned by Shanxi Pingyao Fengyan Coal & Coke Group Co, according to official news agency Xinhua.
Two workers were killed immediately when the mine caved in, while five more bodies were recovered by rescue teams during the night, said Sediq Azizi, spokesman to the provincial governor.
At least another five people have been injured in Thursday's accident, said Khin Maung Win, chairman of Thingaha rescue group working at the site now.
Fourteen miners were killed on Tuesday in a coal and gas blast at a mine in southwest China, leaving two people still trapped underground, authorities said.
No militant group, including the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack that occurred on Saturday, hours before senior Taliban leaders and UN officials met in Qatar to discuss the Afghan peace process.
The blast was due to an explosion of accumulated methane gas, officials confirmed.