19 die in coal mine accident

2012-11-25 14:14
Liu Yunqing is carried out from the flooded pit of Qielichong colliery in Sandu Township of Leiyang City, China. (Xinhua, Bai Yu, AP)

Liu Yunqing is carried out from the flooded pit of Qielichong colliery in Sandu Township of Leiyang City, China. (Xinhua, Bai Yu, AP)

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Beijing - Four miners remain trapped on Sunday after a coal gas explosion killed 19 miners in a mine in southwestern China, state media reported.

A total of 28 miners were working when the underground blast occurred on Saturday at the Xiangshui coal mine, in Guizhou Province.

Rescuers were attempting to reach the trapped miners, Yin Zhihua, vice mayor of Liupanshui city, was quoted as saying.

Rescue teams were forced to wait until dangerous gases had receded before pulling out five miners. One of the rescued miners was in a critical condition.

About 1 146 people have died in 650 mining accidents in China this year, according to Chinese government figures released in October.

China is the biggest consumer of coal in the world.

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