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Explosion in coal mine kills four, injures one in China

20 October 2020

A coal mine explosion killed four workers and injured another on October 20. The blast happened at a mine in Shanxi Province, north China.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

Local authorities reported that the explosion happened at around 02:00 local time at a mine owned by the Lu’an Group, one of the five major coal companies operating in Shanxi province.

Rescue work was halted after the bodies of the four workers were recovered and the injured person was transported to hospital. According to local media, the mine has an annual production capacity of 1.2 million tonnes.

The incident follows another coal mine explosion on September 27 in which 16 people were killed. The blast happened at the Songzao coal mine near the city of Chongqing. One worker was also seriously injured in the incident.

Investigations into both incidents have been opened and are continuing.

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