28 June 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 10/22/2004, 00.00

    china

    Death toll rises in Chinese coal mine explosion



    Safety standards are ignored in the pursuit of profits. In the first nine months of this year, 4,153 miners were killed.

    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The death toll in a gas explosion in a Chinese coal mine rose to 64 on Friday and chances that 84 missing miners might still be alive were "quite slim," the government said. The blast ripped through the Daping Mine on Wednesday when 446 miners were at work, according to the government. It said 298 escaped alive.

    By Friday morning, there were no reports that any survivors had been found by the 1,000-member rescue force. Most of the dead miners whose bodies had been found so far were suffocated by the toxic gas (methane) that spewed from the coal bed and ignited, state media reported. The gas density in the mine's atmosphere shot up from 2 percent to 40 percent in less than three minutes, Xinhua said.

    The state-owned Daping Mine employs 4,100 people and is located in Xinmi city, on the Songshan Mountains, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the major industrial city of Zhengzhou (Henan).

    President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao instructed local authorities to spare no efforts in the rescue operations. Secretary-General of the State Council, Hua Jianmin , arrived in Xinmi yesterday to help direct the rescue operation.  An investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched.

    "This accident is the most serious in recent years," the deputy director of the State Administration of Work Safety, Sun Huashan , said in Beijing yesterday.  "The lethal accident exposed a considerable number of safety loopholes in the mining industry"  he added.

    Soaring demand for energy on the mainland and pursuit of profits by coal producers are to blame for lax safety standards and a rise in fatal accidents at coal mines. Many coal mines would rather not contribute a portion of their revenue to shore up safety systems

    The death toll in China's small private mines translates into 12 fatalities for every million tonnes of coal produced, while in state-run mines the fatality rate is one miner for every million tonnes. In the United States, the rate is 0.03.

    China's produced 1.6 billion tonnes of coal last year, making it the world's biggest producer.

    Official statistics show more than 4,800 miners were killed in mining-related accidents last year. In the first nine months of this year, 4,153 miners were killed.  Most workers in private and state-run mines were poor migrant farmers with little sense of safety.
    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    03/12/2004 CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION
    Arms sales ban at the centre of China-EU talks


    15/12/2004 CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION
    China wants new defence technologies from the EU


    08/12/2004 EUROPEAN UNION– CHINA
    The EU does not lift the arms embargo


    04/11/2004 CHINA
    Riots provide bleak picture of society's ills


    25/02/2005 CHINA
    The inexorable slaughter of Chinese miners: An overview




    Editor's choices

    VATICAN – CHINA
    Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the fate of Mgr Shao Zhumin, held by police for more than a month

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang), who belongs to the underground community, is said to be undergoing brainwashing to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Since China and the Holy See resumed talks three years ago, this is the first time that the Holy See Press Office speaks about a detained bishop. The faithful have felt too much pain over the Vatican’s extended silence. Germany’s ambassador in Beijing, Michael Clauss, has talked about the case. The Vatican’s press office calls on the faithful to pray for Bishop Shao Zhumin and “the path of the Catholic Church in China.”


    VATICAN
    Pope: The Churches of the East are alive, despite persecution and terrorism



    Receiving the participants at the "Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches" Assembly, Francis recommends the formation of the clergy. "Let us not forget that in the East even today, Christians - no matter whether Catholics, Orthodox, or Protestants - spill their blood as a seal of their witness."


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®