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21 killed as coal mine collapses in China

Published : Sunday, 13 January, 2019 at 9:50 AM  Count : 444

21 killed as coal mine collapses in China

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.

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