29 killed, 14 trapped in mine accidents in China

At least 29 workers have been killed and 14 others trapped in different mine accidents in China, the latest in a series of mishaps to hit the sector notorious for its poor safety records.

Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 16:17 PM IST

Beijing: At least 29 workers have been killed
and 14 others trapped in different mine accidents in China,
the latest in a series of mishaps to hit the sector notorious
for its poor safety records.

Ten workers died and another seven were trapped in a coal
mine "gas outburst" in southwest China`s Guizhou province
Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Separately, nine workers were killed and seven trapped
after a coal mine in central China`s Henan Province was hit by
a similar gas outburst.

A total of 127 miners were working underground when the
accident occurred at the Sanyuandong coal mine in Baiping
township of Dengfeng city late last night, said a spokesperson
with Zhengzhou Coal Industry Co Ltd, which runs the mine.

The remaining 111 workers were lifted to the ground
safely, while the fate of the seven trapped miners was not
known.

In another incident, 10 people were killed after two
manganese mines were flooded in central China`s Hunan Province
recently, the official media said.

Water gushed into the two mine pits run by Leixin Mining
Development Co and Wenhua Manganese Co respectively in
Huayuan county of Xiangxi Tujia-Miao Autonomous Prefecture,
trapping a total of 13 miners underground. Rescuers pulled out
three miners alive from the mines and sent them to hospital.

The three accidents were the latest to hit the country`s
notoriously dangerous mine sector.

Only three days ago, 17 workers killed and 20 others
injured in a powerful explosion at the dormitory area of a
coal mine in north China`s Shanxi province.

Another 24 miners were trapped in a mishap at coal mine
in Hengshan district of Jixi City in northeast China`s
Heilongjiang Province. Efforts are still underway to rescue
the trapped miners.

Over 2,500 mine workers were killed in different
accidents in China last years. The country has already
witnessed dozens such mishaps since early this year.

PTI