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Six killed, 12 injured in China`s coal mine accident

Last Updated: Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 17:09

Beijing: Six people were killed and 12 others
injured in a coal mine gas leak in southwest China`s Guizhou

The accident occurred at around 1:20 am today at the mine
located outside the city of Zunyi in Guizhou province, a
spokesman with the provincial work safety bureau said.

Thirty-five people were working in the mine when the
accident occurred.

Twenty-two people escaped, and another 12 were rescued.

One worker died in the mine while five others died in
hospital, Xinhua reported.

China`s vast coal mining industry is notoriously
accident-prone due to lax regulation, corruption and
inefficiency as mines rush to meet soaring demand.

Last year 2,631 miners were killed, according to official
figures, but independent labour groups say the actual figure
could be much higher as many accidents are covered up to avoid
costly shutdowns.


First Published: Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 17:09

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