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Three mining disasters in two weeks in China

Thirty-two miners have died in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China.

The gas explosion hit the mine in Chifeng city in the Inner Mongolia region at midday on Saturday. Out of 181 miners working underground, 149 managed to get out and the rest died, official Xinhua News Agency reported.

News of the blast came just hours after 21 miners who were trapped for four days after an explosion hit their unlicensed coal mine were confirmed dead in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.
Another incident took place in a small mine situated in a rural area of Jiangxi province, in southeast China, which was completely flooded on November 23.

While 14 workers were rescued, seven others remain missing. Following a week of pumping operations, rescue teams have given them up for dead and suspended rescue activities for fear of triggering geological problems in the area.

For more information, go to www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/11/01/13-dead-20-trapped-china-mine-blast

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