China has ordered a clampdown on mining activities at unauthorised places after many people died in accidents in such facilities, Xinhua reported Saturday.
China's top work safety supervisor has ordered the local governments to crackdown on the illegal mining activities.
The order comes after at least 26 people have died in mining accidents in the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu, Hunan, Liaoning, Anhui and Shandong.
The local government departments were urged to punish those who violate work safety laws. It has urged the coalmines to strengthen their anti-flooding measures, particularly during the flood season.