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29 dead in China coalmine blast

The explosion occurred at 12:16 pm on Tuesday at the Weijiadi mine.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 12:07 IST

The death toll in a major coal mine blast in northwest China's Gansu Province has risen to at least 29 with 19 others injured, rescuers said on Wednesday.

The explosion occurred at 12:16 pm on Tuesday at the Weijiadi mine belonging to Jingyuan Coal Industry Corporation in Baiyin City.

A ventilation system was being checked when the blast occurred, general manager of the company, Wang Jun said.

Workers above ground realised about the accident after a sudden blackout of gas monitoring and communication systems, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 29 fatalities occurred at one level, where six miners were injured including one seriously.

Thirty-six miners, including 13 injured, were rescued from other levels of the state-run mine.

All the injured are being treated at local hospitals.

The accident was the second major coal mine accident in less than three days.

On Saturday, all 14 miners were killed in a similar coal mine explosion in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

China is the world's largest coal producer and consumer. However, Chinese coal mines are considered the deadliest due to high rates of accidents.

On an average, 12 miners die everyday in Chinese coal mines.

First Published: Nov 01, 2006 12:07 IST