21 die as China mine col­lapses

Irish Examiner - - World -

Twenty-one coal min­ers were killed when a mine col­lapsed in north­ern China, state me­dia has re­ported.

The dis­as­ter oc­curred on Satur­day in Shenmu in Shaanxi prov­ince in the heart of the coun­try’s coal-min­ing belt, ac­cord­ing to state TV and the Xin­hua News Agency. Sixty-six other min­ers were res­cued, the city gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment.

The num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties re­ported in cave-ins, ex­plo­sions, and other dis­as­ters in Chi­nese coal mines has fallen sharply over the past decade, but the in­dus­try there is still the world’s dead­li­est.

Pic­ture: Li Yibo/Xin­hua /AP

Res­cuers at the mine en­trance.

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