Chinese coal mine blast leaves 14 dead and two missing

Rescuers arrive to search for two people trapped in Guanglong coal mine in Guizhou province after an explosion claimed the lives of 14 miners. Photo: Weibo. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

BEIJING, Dec 17, 2019, AFP. Fourteen miners were killed by a coal and gas blast at a mine in southern China on Tuesday, and two people were trapped underground, authorities said. The early morning accident was the latest in a series in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced, South China Morning Post reported.

Two people were trapped underground after the blast at Guanglong coal mine in Anlong county, Guizhou province, according to the Southwest Guizhou Autonomous Prefecture government.

Seven workers were lifted to safety after the accident and rescue work was continuing, local authorities said.

The accident in Guizhou came days after flooding at a mine in southwestern Sichuan province killed five and trapped 13 miners underground.

State broadcaster CCTV said 347 miners were working underground at the Shanmushu coal mine owned by Sichuan Coal Industry Group in Gongxian county on Saturday when the flood happened.

Last month, at least 15 people were killed in a mine blast in northern Shanxi province, which an official said was caused by activity that “broke the law and regulations”.

At a meeting in November, the State Council – China’s cabinet – ordered a “special crackdown on production-related safety issues” to “further improve workplace safety”, state media reported.

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