From BBC NEWS: Thousands die each year in Chinese mining accidents
China government has set up a special department to try and cut the country’s high number of coal mining accidents.
The office will bring together experts from different departments to oversee a budget of $361m allocated to safety and improvement projects.
As the demand for energy has increased in China, suppliers have been pressured to provide coal faster, leading to a dramatic increase in accidents.
The announcement came as an accident in Chongqing killed at least 18 miners.