Coal mine accidents claim 11 lives in China
The burst occurred in the Aotian Coal Mine in Shilin Town, when 28 miners were working underground.Updated: May 10, 2006 09:24 IST
At least 11 miners were killed, 10 injured and three others missing in two separate coal mine accidents in China, which has the deadliest collieries.
Nine miners died and two others are missing in a gas outburst early on Wednesday at a coal mine in Xingwen County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, rescuers said.
The accident also left nine miners injured.
The burst occurred in the Aotian Coal Mine in Shilin Town, when 28 miners were working underground, the state media reported.
Seventeen miners were rescued from the shaft, a foreign news agency quoted the Sichuan Provincial Work Safety Supervision and Management Bureau as saying.
All the injured miners have been hospitalised. Rescuers are still searching for the two missing.
In a second mine accident, two miners were killed and another missing in a coal mine cave-in taking place in Tieling County, northeast China's Liaoning Province.
The cave-in happened on Monday night when five miners were working at an underground passage of Gaojia Coal Mine, a state-owned local coal mine.
Two miners escaped the mishap, one unhurt and another injured, according to Liaoning Provincial Bureau of Coal Mine Safety.
Rescue for the missing miner is still going on, the report said.
China relies on coal for two-thirds of its energy needs. The country is also the world's largest coal producer.
Chinese coal mines are considered the most dangerous in the world. Last year, some 6,000 miners died in Chinese coal mine accidents.
First Published: May 10, 2006 09:24 IST