12 dead and 4 missing in two separate incidents at coal mines in China


The latest incidents involving coal mines follow the government's recent decision to review mining safety legislation.

Workers build ventilation shafts at the Zhugongtang lead and zinc mine in Bijie, southwest China's Guizhou province, July 5, 2023. — AFP

At least 12 people have died and two are missing in two separate incidents at coal mines in China in the last 24 hours, according to the state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday.

The latest incidents involving coal mines follow the government's recent decision to review mining safety legislation.

According closed TV circuit On Tuesday, five people died and two others were missing after an underground coal bunker owned by a company in Zhongyang county, Shanxi province, collapsed just before midnight on Monday.

The bunker is owned by Taoyuan Xinlong Coal Industry Co Ltd and intensive rescue efforts are underway, the outlet reported.

The Shanxi incident follows a warning from the mining safety regulator to reduce overproduction, amid a rise in deaths in China's top-producing coal mining region in 2023.

In another incident, seven people were killed and two others are missing after a fatal gas explosion at Huaihe Energy's coal mine in east China's Anhui province. closed TV circuit reported Monday night.

China recorded a series of fatal coal mine accidents last year, forcing the country's mining safety administration to reform an existing law that one official said had “major problems.”

Additionally, fatal coal mine accidents are common in China, with 10 people killed in an accident in Pingdingshan in central China last month, prompting safety checks by local authorities.

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