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Coal mine explosion kills 1, injures 3 in Myanmar

01 November 2019

A coal mine explosion in northwestern Myanmar has killed one person and injured three others. The blast on October 31 happened in the Sagaing region of Myanmar and is thought to have been caused by methane gas.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The Myanmar police force confirmed that an explosion occurred at a coal mine operated by Htoo Han Thit Company at around 23:00 local time in the village of Paluzawa.

The three injured miners were taken to a local hospital where they are in a stable condition.

Methane can be released during the extraction of coal seams. The previously trapped gas within these seams is released into the mine and creates a potentially explosive atmosphere.

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