13 Dead in China Mine Gas Blast

Published: 21st April 2014 09:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st April 2014 09:08 AM   |  A+A-


Thirteen people were confirmed dead in a coal mine gas explosion in China's Yunnan province early Monday, authorities said.

A total of 56 people were working in the pit, of whom 42 escaped without injuries and 14 were trapped. As of 8 a.m., rescuers had retrieved 13 dead bodies and were searching all-out for the missing miner, Xinhua reported, citing a communique from the county government. 

The accident occurred at around 12.30 a.m. in a pit of Hongtutian Coal Mine in Fuyuan County in Qujing city.

Hongtutian is a private mine and properly licensed for operation, authorities said.


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