7 dead, 3 injured in coal mine accident in southwest China

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 16, 2018, 01:45 PM(IST)

China coal mine. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Following the accident, the group has reportedly suspended operations at all of its coal mines.

A coal mine accident in China's southwestern city of Chongqing killed seven workers on Sunday.

Three people were also injured in the accident who were immediately rushed to the hospital.

The accident occurred around 6.00pm (1000 GMT) after the connecting segment of a mining skip broke, causing it to plummet down the mine shaft, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Following the accident, the group has reportedly suspended operations at all of its coal mines.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Deadly mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record, despite efforts to improve coal production conditions and crack down on illegal mines.

In October, 21 miners died in eastern Shandong province after the pressure inside a mine caused rocks to fracture and break, blocking the tunnel and trapping the workers. Only one miner was rescued alive.

In December 2016, explosions in two separate coal mines in the Inner Mongolia region and in northeastern Heilongjiang province killed at least 59 people.

According to China's National Coal Mine Safety Administration, the country saw 375 coal mining related deaths in 2017, down 28.7 per cent year-on-year. 

However, despite improvements, "the situation of coal mine safety production is still grim," said the bureau in a statement following a coal mine safety conference in January.

(With inputs from agencies)
 

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