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10 killed in southern China coal mine accident

10 killed in southern China coal mine accident

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in southern China say 10 people have been killed and five injured in a coal mining accident.

The Pu'an county government in Guizhou province said on its website that 56 of those in the mine had safely reached the surface and rescue work was continuing. It wasn't clear whether any miners remained unaccounted for.

The notice didn't give a cause for Tuesday night's accident, although the official Xinhua News Agency says it appeared to have been a gas explosion.

China's mining industry has seen a dramatic improvement in safety, with deaths falling to under 1,000 last year from more than 6,000 per year a decade ago.

At the same time, demand for coal has plateaued as China's economy decelerates from the headlong rush of the last decade.

Updated : 2021-09-22 00:38 GMT+08:00