» 11/29/2004, 00.00
Shaanxi: no chance of survival for 141 trapped miners
The coal blast already caused 25 victims. Gas inside the mine hampered rescue operations.
Up to 20,000 miners die every year to meet China roaring coal demand
Most mine accidents are due to poor safety standards and the government's failure to enforce regulations.Corrupt officials often turn a blind eye to unsafe mines in return for kickbacks.
At least 203 killed in Liaoning coal mine blast
Shanxi: Thirty-three dead in mine blast
More than 53 killed in two coal mine blasts
The thirst for energy of the giant that is China is putting coal plants under pressure and safety is consequently ignored. The number of mining deaths reaches 20,000 a year.
2,900 die in Chinese mines over 8 months
Although the extent of disasters is less this year, the situation remains serious despite government commitment. Official sources pointed to "collusion" between government officials and coal mine owners as being one of the causes.
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