Death Toll at 17 in China Coal Mine Blast

A coal mining accident earlier in the week in Guizhou has killed 16 to date. From Time:

The official Xinhua News Agency says 28 miners were in the shaft when the blast occurred Tuesday in Guizhou province. Eleven were rescued and being treated in a hospital.

Initial reports said 13 miners had died, but three rescued workers later died in a hospital and another body was recovered from the shafts Wednesday morning, bringing the toll to 17.

Xinhua did not give a cause for the blast.

More on the details of the mining accident in Guizhou, from BNO News:

The accident took place Tuesday morning at around 7:53 a.m. local time due to an outburst of coal and gas at the Anping Coal Mine located in the Lihua Township in Libo county, which is in China’s southwestern Guizhou Province, local authorities told the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Min Luming, Secretary of the county committee of the Communist Party of China, said 28 workers were at the mine when the incident occurred. Thirteen of the workers were able to escape, but three of them later died at a local hospital while receiving medical treatment.

This accident is on the heels of another mining tragedy in Yunnan that occurred two weeks ago, which resulted in five deaths. From MSN:

Five people were killed and another two injured after a cave-in inside a coal mine shaft in southwest China”s Yunnan Province.

The accident happened in a pit of the Yunwei Group affiliated to the Yunnan Coal Chemical Industry Group Company Ltd in the Qilin District of Qujing City.

Seven miners were trapped underground and another 16 escaped after the accident happened, an official with the Qilin District said.

No official cause of the accident has been provided in either case.

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