Beijing (AFP) April 23, 2010
The death toll in a coal mine accident in eastern China rose to 12 on Friday, state media reported, after rescuers found the body of the last missing miner.
The miners were working in the colliery in Jiangxi province on Tuesday when it was hit by a "coal and gas eruption", Xinhua news agency said, without elaborating.
Police have detained the private mine's owner and were investigating the cause of the accident, the report said.
Deadly accidents are rife in China's coal sector, where safety concerns are widely ignored in the rush to satisfy surging demand for the fuel -- source of about 70 percent of the country's energy.
More than 2,600 miners were killed in China last year, according to government figures, although labour activists say the actual numbers are probably far higher.
Last month a flood at the vast, unfinished Wangjialing mine in the northern province of Shanxi left 153 workers trapped underground, but more than 100 were recovered alive.
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Beijing (AFP) April 10, 2010
Rescuers recovered a total of three bodies at a coal mine in northern China, bringing the death toll from a massive flood to 28, state media reported Saturday. Ten people still remained unaccounted for at the huge, unfinished Wangjialing mine in Shanxi province, 13 days after it was flooded in the latest high-profile incident to hit China's notoriously dangerous mining sector. The flood ... read more
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