Fire in coal mine in northeastern China kills 21
23 November 2015
A fire at a coalmine in China’s north-eastern province of Heilongjiang killed 21 people, state media reported on November 21. The fire broke out the previous evening at a mine in Jixi city operated by the state-owned Heilongjiang Longmay Mining Holding Group, said Xinhua. Rescue workers found the bodies of 21 miners and were searching for one more.
Sixteen others managed to escape when the fire broke out.
China – the world’s largest producer of coal – is grappling to improve standards in the poorly regulated sector where profits are often put above worker safety.
Accidents in Chinese coal mines killed 931 people in 2014, a top work safety official said in March, but this is a huge improvement on 2002, when nearly 7,000 miners were killed.