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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. 

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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.

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