21 killed as coal mine collapses in China
Published : Sunday, 13 January, 2019 at 9:50 AM Count : 444
Twenty-one coal miners were killed when a mine collapsed in northern China, state media reports on Sunday.
The incident occurred in Shenmu in Shaanxi province in the heart of the country's coal-mining belt, at around 4:30pm (0830 GMT) on Saturday, when 87 people were underground.
Sixty-six other miners were rescued, the city government said in a statement, according to state TV and the Xinhua News Agency.
The number of fatalities reported in cave-ins, explosions and other disasters in Chinese coal mines has fallen sharply over the past decade but the industry still is the world's deadliest, reports AP.