Coal mine accident kills nine in China

Last Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 12:57

Beijing: At least nine people were killed in
a coal mine accident that had been covered up for five days in
China`s northeast Heilongjiang Province.

The mine owner has confessed that nine miners have been
killed in the accident in Didao District of coal-rich Jixi
City on April 26, an official was quoted as saying by the
state run Xinhua news agency today.

The finding came after a joint provincial investigation
team arrived in Jixi yesterday, in response to rumours of a
coal mine gas explosion that killed about 10 people.

A family member of one of the victims, however, told
Xinhua that the accident was a gas leak.

The team were still investigating the accident at the
privately-owned mine that has a designed annual production
capacity of 40,000 tonnes.

The mine was suspected of illegal production as it was
ordered to close for renovation at the time of accident, the
report said.


First Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 12:57
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