Rescuers found the remains of three more miners killed in Sunday's explosion at Dongfeng Coal Mine in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, bringing the death toll to 169 as of 9 a.m. Saturday.
The killed include 167 miners working underground and two workers at the ground generator room, sources from the rescue headquarters said.
Search is still going on for the remaining two miners missing.
The blast went off at 9:40 p.m. Sunday at the Dongfeng Coal Mine run by the Qitaihe branch of the Longmei Mining (Group) Co., Ltd. in Heilongjiang.
The latest figures show that 242 miners were working underground when the blast occurred. Only 73 of them have been saved.
(Xinhua News Agency December 3, 2005)