Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

40 die in China coal mine blasts

Two explosions at different coal mines in China have killed 40 people in recent days

Forty miners have died in two separate coal mine explosions in south-western China, authorities have said.

Twenty-eight miners were killed in a blast on Saturday afternoon at a coal mine in Sichuan province, provincial officials said. They said 108 people were working underground at the time.

Less than 24 hours earlier, another coal mine blast in neighbouring Guizhou province killed 12 people.

China's mines are the deadliest in the world. Authorities have improved safety in recent years but regulations are often ignored.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz