Gas Leak Kills 19 in Latest China Mine Accident

Hundreds of rescuers were working Thursday to save two dozen Chinese coal miners trapped underground by a gas leak that killed 19 others.


It comes less than a
week after dozens of miners were pulled safely from a cave-in at another
Chinese coal mine. Eight died in that accident.

Thirty
firemen, 100 rescuers and 300 medical workers were on site at the
Sizhuang Coal Mine, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing Yunnan
province’s emergency response office.

The exact number of miners underground was still being verified, the agency said.

The accident happened about 6:30 a.m. at the mine in the city of Qujing in Yunnan, southwest China.

More
information on the accident or rescue attempt was not available as
local authorities could not be reached by phone Thursday afternoon.

China’s
coal mines are the deadliest in the world, although the industry’s
safety record has improved in recent years as smaller, illegal mines
have been closed. Annual fatalities are now about one-third of the high
of nearly 7,000 in 2002.

Last week, 52 miners were rescued from a mine in Henan province after a cave-in.

The
rescue was the biggest in the country since April 2010, when 115 miners
were pulled out alive after being trapped for eight days in a mine in
northern China.

Source: The Associated Press

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