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China mine accident kills 21: state media
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) March 12, 2013


An accident at a coal mine in southwest China killed 21 miners Tuesday, state media said, in the latest disaster to hit the country's troubled industry.

Four others were missing after the coal and gas outburst at the Machang coal mine in Guizhou Province, Xinhua reported citing local authorities, adding that 58 more had managed to get to the surface safely.

China's mines are among the deadliest in the world due to lax regulation, corruption and inefficiency. Accidents are common because safety is often neglected by bosses seeking quick profits.

Official figures show 1,973 people died in coal mining accidents in China in 2011, a 19 percent fall on the previous year.

Labour rights groups, however, say the actual death toll is likely to be much higher, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.

China is the world's biggest consumer of coal, relying on the fossil fuel for 70 percent of its growing energy needs.

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China mine blast kills 17: state media
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2012
A gas blast in a southwest China coal mine left 17 people dead Wednesday, state press said of the latest accident in the dangerous industry. The explosion occurred at the Shangchang Coal Mine in Yunnan province Wednesday afternoon when 66 miners were in the shaft, Xinhua news agency said. Forty-nine miners were able to safely escape the mine with their lives, while the other 17 were pron ... read more


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