A welfare centre has been set up tonight for the families of miners trapped by the underground explosion at the Pike River coal mine 50km north east of Greymouth.
Police said the centre, at the Red Cross Hall, 180 Tainui Street, Greymouth, is a warm and dry gathering point for family members as they anxiously await news from the mine site. Red Cross and Victim Support volunteers are at the centre providing comfort and refreshments.
Families are encouraged to use the welfare centre instead of trying to reach the mine's access road which is closed to all but those involved in the rescue and recovery operation.
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