Nine dead in China mine
PRESS TV - Tehran,Iran
February 2, 2008
Nine workers have lost their lives
when a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in Shaanxi province northwest of
Twelve miners were at work in an underground shaft when the
accident occurred at the Xiayukou Colliery in Hancheng city, Shaanxi province,
on Saturday at 12:28 pm (0428 GMT), Xinhua reported.
Five miners made
their way above ground, but two later died, Xinhua said, adding that the bodies
of seven others were found in the mine shaft later in the afternoon.
investigation into the cause of the accident was underway.
China is the
world's largest producer and consumer of coal, with demand rising alongside the
boom in the nation's economy.
Nearly 3,800 lives were lost in Chinese
coal mines last year, down 20 percent from the year before, the government
reported last month, but independent labor groups suspect the actual death toll
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