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Coal mine incident in China kills 22

05 June 2014

A colliery gas burst at the Yanshitai Coal Mine in China’s Wansheng district, Chongqing city has left 22 miners dead and two others injured. Chongqing Municipal Administration of Coal Mine Safety was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying that the gas event occurred when 28 miners were working down the shaft on June 3. Six workers managed to escape.

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The authorities said that bodies of all the missing miners have been recovered and that they are investigating the cause of the incident at Yanshitai, which is operated by state-owned coal producer Nantong Mining.

China has the worst safety record of any coal mining country. In May, a gas burst at Yushe Coal Mine in Shuicheng County, Guizhou Province, killed five miners and left four others missing.

Last year 589 mining accidents left approximately 1,050 people dead or missing. Death figures for 2012 and 2011 stand at 1,300 and 1,973 respectively.

In an effort to lower numbers, the government launched a 'nationwide safety overhaul' to develop better working conditions on site and in turn prevent more deadly accidents. As part of the plan it announced 2,000 coal mines would be closed by the end of this year.

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