Coal Mine Toll Rises to 63 Dead, 103 Missing

From Times Wire Reports

The death toll in a coal mine explosion in central China rose to 63, with 103 workers still missing, the government said.

Emergency workers descended into the Chenjiashan mine in Shaanxi province to repair ventilation systems needed to pump out toxic fumes.

Hopes were fading for the missing, the official New China News Agency said.