30 killed in China mine burst, over 100 rescued
At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 miners, including 59 injured rescued after a mine blast in south-western Chinese province, officials said.world Updated: May 31, 2009 12:11 IST
At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 miners, including 59 injured rescued after a mine blast in south-western Chinese province, officials said.
The colliery gas burst in Chongqing Municipality at Tonghua Coal Mine in Anwen Town of Qijiang County yesterday, when 131 miners were working underground.
101 miners were rescued, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Of the rescued, 59 miners were injured, including four in serious condition.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.
The Tonghua Coal Mine, with a history of more than 50 years, is affiliated to the state-owned Songzao Mining Bureau of Chongqing.
The colliery's designed production capacity is 300,000 tonnes per year, which now has been expanded to 600,000 tonnes.
China has a history of coal mines accident. Official figures showed that more than 3000 miners died last year but the actual figures are much more than that as most of such cases are covered up.
First Published: May 31, 2009 12:09 IST