Ten workers, who had been trapped underground for two weeks following an explosion at a gold mine in China, have been confirmed to be dead, state-run media reported Monday.

The blast occurred on Jan. 10 at the mine in Shandong Province when 22 people were working more than 600 meters underground from the entrance, the official Xinhua News Agency said earlier this month.

Rescuers work at a gold mine explosion site on Jan. 19, 2021, in Shandong Province of China. (VCG/Getty/Kyodo)

On Sunday, 11 workers were rescued, while one among the 22 workers was confirmed dead.

Xinhua previously quoted rescuers as saying they had drilled pipes on Jan. 17 and later felt people pulling an iron rope used to deliver nutrient solutions, paper and pencils. They also received a memo calling for emergency aid through a pipe.

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