Coal mine col­lapses in China, killing at least 21

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

The dis­as­ter oc­curred Satur­day in Shenmu in Shaanxi province in the heart of the coun­try's coalmin­ing belt, ac­cord­ing to state TV and the Xin­hua News Agency.

Sixty-six other min­ers were res­cued, the 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 still is the world's dead­li­est.

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