The Times of India reports that a coal mine blast in Chongqing municipality has killed at least thirty people:
101 miners were rescued, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Of the rescued, 59 miners were injured, including four in serious condition, it said.
“The accident is caused by an illegal practice which violated the mining rules,” said Luo Lin, chief of the State Administration of Work Safety said… Zhao Tiechui, head of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, said that an excessive amount of explosives directly triggered the accident.
“The mine’s managers didn’t evacuate workers in time,” said Zhao. Police have detained three people including the coal mine’s owner, chief engineer and project manager in connection with the accident.
The last large coal mine blast in China was in Hunan and killed around eighteen people.