Coal mine accident kills nine in China
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 01, 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 01, 2011, 12:57

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