Mine col­lapse claims 21 lives

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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