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26 die in latest China mine accident

world Updated: Oct 09, 2009 07:33 IST

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The collapse of two elevators in a tin ore mine in central China has killed 26 men and injured five others in the latest accident to hit the country's dangerous mining industry.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that the 26 men died in the mine in Lengshuijiang city in Hunan province happened when the brakes failed. It did not give any details on how that happened. Xinhua said 19 men died immediately in the accident on Thursday and seven others later. Five men were injured but survived.

China's mines are the world's deadliest, although the closing of many small, dangerous mines has halved the average number of miners killed to about six a day in the first half of this year. Most accidents are blamed on failures to follow safety rules, including a lack of required ventilation or fire control equipment.