A deadly mine blast in central China. Three miners are dead and 26 more are still missing. Rescue workers are continuing efforts to save the miners trapped in a coal mine in Shaanxi Province.
36 men were working in the pit when a coal mine gas explosion occurred at the Yaotou mine in Chengcheng county, Shaanxi Province Wednesday. Seven managed to escape.
The state-owned mine was closed earlier in the month for repairs. A state-run news agency quoted a mine worker saying that the repair work was still unfinished on the night of the blast.
According to the report, 27 miners were trapped and one killed in two other mine accidents which also took place on Wednesday. Both of these accidents were caused by flooding. Rescue work is also underway.
China has the most dangerous coal-mining industry in the world and its attitude to accidents have often come under criticism. Nearly 3,800 coal miners died in gas blasts, flogging and other accidents last year alone. Companies often ignore safety regulations in a rush to feed the demand from the economy.