Rescuers have recovered seven more bodies from a north China coal mine hit by a gas blast on Wednesday, bringing the number of deaths to 26, local authorities said on Thursday.
The explosion occurred at around 11:30 a.m. at the Yujialing Coal Mine located at the Yipingyuan Township, Yaodu District of Linfen City, about 300 km southwest of Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province.
In total, 106 miners were working underground, and 80 managed to escape, including one who was severely injured, according to the local rescue team headed by provincial deputy governor Jin Shanzhong. [Full Text]
– This news follows an announcement by the State Council that the government will impose harsh penalties on anyone caught covering up work accidents like mining disasters.