Chinese coal mine caves in killing 9 workers

Baku, January 18 AZERTAC

The partial collapse of a coal mine in northern China has left nine people dead, state media reported, reflecting the stubborn persistence of safety problems despite years-long efforts to reduce deaths in the sprawling sector, according Seattletimes.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal. Its mining industry has long been one of the world’s deadliest, even as the government has strived to improve safety inside the mines and phase out older operations with outdated safety standards. A heavy reliance on coal is also blamed for the serious air pollution and smog that routinely smother northern cities in winter.

Government regulators have said they will shutter as many as 1,000 outdated and underperforming mines in coming years, even as China also tries to keep energy prices in check and prevent economic devastation in regions dominated by mining.

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