Death Toll In China Mine Explosion Rises To 16

From AP:

The death toll from an explosion at a mine in northwestern China rose to 16 on Friday after rescuers found four more bodies, a state news agency said.

Workers were using more than two tons of dynamite to blast away rock in the mine when the accident occurred Thursday evening, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The accident also injured 46 people, including 12 who were in serious condition, the State Administration of Work Safety said on its Web site Friday.

The victims of the accident in Shizuishan city in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region included six people working with dynamite and others who were passing the area in a vehicle and workers living in nearby sheds, Xinhua said, citing the mine’s owner, Shenhua Coal Mining Group Corp.

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