Baku, October 31, AZERTAC
Fifteen miners are confirmed dead and 18 missing after a coal mine explosion in southwest China on Monday, state media reported, the latest mining disaster in the country.
More than 200 rescue workers including firefighters, armed police and mine experts are searching shafts at the Jinshangou mine in the town of Laisu in the Chongqing Municipality’s Yongchuan district, Xinhua news agency reported.
The agency said 35 miners were working underground when the gas explosion ripped through the mine in the morning and just two managed to escape.
All coal mines in the municipality have been ordered to stop production for safety checks following the blast at the privately-owned mine, which is licensed to produce 60,000 tonnes of coal a year.
China is the world’s largest coal producer and deadly accidents are common.