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Relatives wait for news of trapped Mexico miners

Five workers have been killed and nine are trapped underground after a blast at a coal mine in northern Mexico.

Officials say the size of the gas blast means the chances of finding any survivors are slim. They said it was so strong a teenage boy working at the mine's surface lost an arm.

Rescue workers have been unable to make contact with the men because there are high levels of dangerous methane gas in the mine shaft.

  • 04 May 2011