At Least 18 Dead in Chinese Mine

At Least 18 Dead in Chinese Mine
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AT least 18 people reported dead after an accident in a Chinese mine

Chinese state TV reported that at least 18 people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a coal mine in Yongchuan in China’s southwest Chongqing on Friday, December 4.

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The accident occurred at around 5pm local time in the Diaoshidong mine when excessive amounts of the deadly gas were released while workers dismantled underground equipment, according to China’s Global Times. The news outlet reports that 18 miners have died and one has been rescued, while a search is still underway for 5 missing men.

The Work Safety Committee of China’s State Council have launched an investigation onto the accident.

Mining incidents such as this are unfortunately not that uncommon in China. The country accounts for a third of the world’s coal production but four-fifths of the world’s coal mining deaths. In September, 16 workers were killed when carbon monoxide caused an explosion in mine on the outskirts of Chongqing.


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