Shaanxi coal mine accident

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Published Monday, January 14, 2019

A report in the state-run People’s Daily on Sunday revealed that the incident took place at the Lijiagou mine in the city of Shenmu in northwest China at around 4.30 pm (0830 GMT) on Saturday.

21 miners were killed after the roof of a coal mine collapsed in the country's Shaanxi province. Authorities quoted in the report confirmed that 66 miners were rescued from the mine, while 21 were trapped underground.

Initially, local reports claimed that 19 of the 21 trapped miners were found dead after the roof caved in.

However, emergency operations to rescue two missing miners continued for hours after the accident at the end of which, their bodies were found.

According to a report in the official news agency Xinhua, city government officials confirmed on Sunday that 66 miners were safely evacuated.

The report also stated that the cause of the accident at the site is under investigation.

It noted that authorities in Shanxi province would carry out inspections at high-risk coal mines in the region after Saturday's accident became the deadliest reported so far this year in China’s coal industry.

The frequent accidents and increasing mining casualties in the country has earned China's mining industry the status of being one the deadliest in the world.

Saturday's accident comes merely weeks after seven workers were killed and three others were injured in an underground transport accident at the Fengchun coal mine under the Chongqing Energy Group in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing.
Source: DORRIS