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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

New Zealand traumatised by Pike River mine disaster

     They're all dead.

The operator of the mine said it would make every effort to retrieve the bodies of the men
New Zealand has begun to mourn 29 miners who were declared dead earlier after a second explosion ripped through the shaft where they were trapped.
A memorial service was held in the town of Greymouth, and Prime Minister John Key said it was a "national tragedy".
Some devastated relatives said the men, trapped since last Friday, could have been saved if rescuers had been faster.
Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand's head of state, said she was deeply saddened by the disaster.
"I send my thanks and deep appreciation to everyone who has worked so hard to attempt a rescue, and also to those who will have a part to play in the task of healing the pain that is being felt throughout New Zealand and around the world," she said.

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