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  • » 03/15/2005, 00.00


    Mine explosion in northern China kills 16

    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Sixteen miners trapped after a coal mine gas explosion in northeast China were found dead on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported, the latest in a series of disasters in the world's deadliest mining industry. One miner had been rescued and two were still missing, it said.

    The accident happened on Tuesday at a mine in Qitaihe, Heilongjiang province.

    "The rescue operation is still going on, and the cause of the explosion is under investigation," Xinhua said.

    There was no immediate word on the fate of six workers trapped 130 metres (430 ft) underground after a mudflow hit a coal mine in the southern province of Hunan on Sunday.

    "The trapped workers have still hopes of survival, though the oxygen was estimated to support them more than 10 hours," said Yan Yinchu, vice director of the local working security monitoring bureau.

    China has the most dangerous mines in the world. Official figures show more than 6,000 miners died in accidents last year. Independent estimates say the real figure could be as high as 20,000.

    Beijing earlier announced it will modify existing laws on coal production to promote a healthier development of the country's coal industry.

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    See also

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

    30/11/2006 CHINA
    Two managers condemned for death of 166 miners in Shaanxi

    They received five-year jail terms for "negligence". After a fire broke out in their mine, they ordered miners to resume production; 166 were killed in a blast shortly afterwards.

    21/07/2005 CHINA
    Death toll from mine blast rises to 26

    21/03/2005 CHINA
    Coal mine explosions kill 60 in Shanxi

    30/08/2005 CHINA
    Guangdong Governor admits responsibility for death of 123 miners
    Miners were trapped in flooded mineshaft in early August. For the first time, a government official admits responsibilities to such disasters.

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