Mine ex­plo­sion

Sus­pects de­tained in blast that killed 32 in In­ner Mon­go­lia

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By TANG YUE in Bei­jing and YUAN HUI in Ho­hhot Con­tact the writ­ers at tangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Peo­ple sus­pected of be­ing re­spon­si­ble for Satur­day’s coal mine ex­plo­sion that killed 32 peo­ple in Chifeng, in the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, have been de­tained, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

In ad­di­tion, lo­cal of­fi­cials in charge of work safety, as well as su­per­vis­ing of­fi­cials at the state level re­spon­si­ble for the area, have been sus­pended from their du­ties and will be pun­ished de­pend­ing on the find­ings of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent, Yang Huan­ning, min­is­ter of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety, said on Sun­day.

Work-safety au­thor­i­ties at all lev­els must re­flect deeply and take strong ac­tion to en­sure the safety of coal mines, he said in an emer­gency video­con­fer­ence on Sun­day.

Yang urged in­ten­si­fied su­per­vi­sion and en­force­ment across China in com­ing months to rule out all po­ten­tial risks. Lo­cal of­fi­cials will also be held ac­count­able if an in­ci­dent has se­ri­ous con­se­quences, he said.

The gas ex­plo­sion hap­pened at about mid­day on Satur­day at Baoma Min­ing Co.

There were 181 peo­ple work­ing un­der­ground at the time of the in­ci­dent. Of the work­ers, 149 man­aged to es­cape. The re­mains of the 32 who died were re­moved by Sun­day.

It was the fourth mine ex­plo­sion in re­cent months.

On Sept 28, a gas ex­plo­sion at a mine in Shizuis­han, Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion, killed 19 peo­ple and left one miss­ing.

On Oct 31, a gas ex­plo­sion at a mine in Chongqing’s Yongchuan dis­trict claimed the lives of 33 min­ers.

On Nov 29, an ex­plo­sion killed 21 peo­ple and left one miss­ing in Qi­taihe, Hei­long jiang prov­ince.

In ad­di­tion, 74 work­ers were killed and three were in­jured af­ter a work­ing plat­form within a power plant’s un­fin­ished cool­ing tower col­lapsed on Nov 24.

LIAN ZHEN / XIN­HUA

Res­cuers re­move dead bod­ies from a mine in Chifeng, In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, on Sun­day.

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