» 07/05/2012, 00.00
Sixteen men trapped in Hunan coalmine
In recent months, dozens of miners have died in accidents similar to the one in Hunan. Official figures indicate that coal-mining accidents are down by 19 per cent. However, human rights groups say that many accidents are not reported for fear of economic losses, fines and mine closure.
Molten steel kill 32 workers, industrial accidents multiply
Steel workers die as 30 tonnes of liquid steel spills over them. Just in the last three days hundreds of workers are killed and injured. A chemical plant releases a toxic cloud but no one warns the population. At least 47 coal miners are trapped in three different mines as a result of flooding, collapse and explosions.
Shanxi: 153 trapped miners could die of hunger and thirst
Rescuers try to drain flooded mineshafts to reach miners trapped for the past two days who could die from lack of oxygen or poisonous gases. The mine in question is presented as a first-class model of safety and efficiency. China leads the world in mining deaths.
China’s energy production drops further
More and more plants are shutting down production for lack of coal, now priced at US$ 150 per tonne. The situation is expected to get worse in the summer as a result of the massive use of air conditioning. Billions of yuan are given to companies that sell fuel below cost.
Yunnan death mine was not supposed to be open
Rescuers are still digging in Qujing where 22 miners are still trapped in an unlicensed mine. So far, 21 miners are known to have been killed. Coal miners continue to die like flies to quench China’s thirst for energy.
Another explosion in coal mine traps 33 people
The accident occurred in Baofeng County. Coal represents 70 per cent of China’s energy needs, but its mines are the worst in the world. Thousands die every year, 5,000 last year according to the authorities, more than 20,000 according to independent labour group.
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