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Seven die in Chinese mine: state media

Seven miners died in the northwest of China after a gas leak, state media reported on Saturday, the latest in a catalogue of fatalities in the country's notoriously dangerous industry.

world Updated: Jun 06, 2009 10:40 IST

Seven miners died in the northwest of China after a gas leak, state media reported on Saturday, the latest in a catalogue of fatalities in the country's notoriously dangerous industry.

Rescuers found the bodies of the victims on Saturday after the accident a day earlier in the Dahuangshan mine, in Xinjiang region in the far west of the country, the Xinhua news agency said.

Another 81 miners working at the time escaped, the report said.

Official figures show that more than 3,200 workers died in collieries last year in China, but independent observers say the actual figure could be much higher, as many accidents are covered up.