Seven dead in China mine accident: Report

Seven persons have been killed in a gas accident in a coal mine in southwest China, state media said Wednesday -- the latest fatal incident to strike the nation`s notoriously dangerous collieries.

Updated: May 18, 2011, 10:07 AM IST

Beijing: Seven persons have been killed
in a gas accident in a coal mine in southwest China, state media said Wednesday -- the latest fatal incident to strike the
nation`s notoriously dangerous collieries.

The accident took place yesterday in Weixin county in
Yunnan province, the official Xinhua news agency quoted a
county government spokesman as saying.

Thirteen miners managed to escape, the spokesman said,
adding that all workers had been accounted for.

The mine`s managers have been taken into police
custody, and an investigation into the cause of the accident
was ongoing, the report said.

Last year, 2,433 people died in coal mine accidents in
China, according to official statistics, or a rate of more
than six workers per day.

Labour rights groups, however, say the actual death
toll is likely much higher than official data indicate, partly
due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to
limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.

PTI