According to official figures, more than 4700 coal miners died in China last year. But independent labor groups put the real toll at closer to 20,000 annually. It has become so routine that hardly anyone notices anymore. Here is a partial list of mine disasters this month alone.
* Chengcheng county, Shaanxi province: 9 trapped in Chinese coal mine, October 28, 2007
* Yingying, Shanxi province: Mine Tunnel Collapses, 12 Dead, October 28, 2007
* Chongqing Municipality, Mine blast in Chongqing kills 7, 4 missing, October 26, 2007
* Yanbian, Jilin province: Four miners killed in coal mine accident, Oct. 21, 2007
* Jianxin, Jiangxi province: 16 workers killed in China coal mine blast, October 14, 2007
* Yongding county, Fujian province: One killed, four missing in flooded coal mine in Fujian, Oct. 9, 2007
* Shunxing, Yunnan Province: Coal mine blast kills 7, injures 5 in Yunnan, Oct. 6, 2007
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