Hundreds of miners were trapped today in eastern India after a massive power failure knocked out electricity supplies in half of the country, the chief minister of West Bengal state said. Mamata Banerjee told reporters in the state capital Kolkata:
We are trying to rescue the coal miners. All efforts are on to resume power supplies. You need power supplies to run the lifts in the underground mines.
She said there were "hundreds" of miners trapped in Burdwan, which is about 180 kilometres northwest of Kolkata, where mines are operated by the government- owned Eastern Coalfields Ltd.
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