Fifty-four miners were confirmed dead and 22 remained missing in a colliery gas blast occurred in Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province on Wednesday.
Rescuers were still searching for the trapped under the coal mine.
A Xinhua reporter at the accident site in Liuguantun Colliery in Kaiping District of Tangshan verified that 186 miners were working underground when the blast occurred at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
This reporter found that 82 miners managed to escape the explosion, and 104 miners were trapped, after the blast.
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