Mine collapse claims 21 lives
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 coalmining belt, according to state TV and the Xinhua News Agency. The tragedy took place at the Lijiagou Mine, owned by Baiji Mining Company Ltd.
Sixty-six 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 is still the deadliest in the world.