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Eleven killed in Northeast China iron ore mine explosion

06 June 2018

Eleven people were killed and nine injured in a blast at an iron ore mine in Northeast China's Liaoning province, local authorities said on June 5. State media initially said 25 were trapped in the mine, which is owned and operated by the Huamei Group in Benxi City, although 23 were later reported to have been rescued.

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The remaining two workers were missing, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on its website.

The ministry said the blast happened when explosives being transported to the mine blew up near the entrance to a mine shaft that was more than 1,000 meters deep. The ministry and the municipal government of Benxi have dispatched rescue teams to the site.

Later that night the electricity and ventilation systems in the mine were restored, with rescuers repairing the underground lift systems.

In recent years China's government has taken action to try to improve the poor mine safety record in the country.

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