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Twenty-two workers trapped underground after mine explosion in China

Gold mine explosion in China traps 22 workers underground
Gold mine explosion in China traps 22 workers underground

Twenty-two workers have been trapped underground following an explosion in a gold mine which is under construction in east China’s Shandong Province, local authorities reported at late Monday night.

The accident happened at 2 pm on Sunday at Wucailong gold mine in Yantai, Shandong. However, the Yantai government did not receive the accident report from Qixia authorities until 8:48 pm Monday.

Shandong Authorities said the rescue team had been unable to contact the trapped miners as the blast damaged the communication signal system underground.

The mine is owned by Shandong Wukailong Investment, which is named by Zhaojin Mining, China’s fourth-biggest gold mine.

Fifteen people were killed and nine others injured in a coal mine gas explosion in northern China’s Shanxi Province, local authorities said Tuesday.

Investigation showed that 35 miners were working underground at the coal mine in Pingyao County when the blast happened at 1:50 p.m. Monday, according to the Shanxi Administration of Coal Mine Safety. Eleven miners managed to escape.

“It is a production safety accident caused by production activity that broke the law and regulations, which reveals the problems of the involved company, such as lack of awareness of the rule of law and chaotic management,” said Shen Xuping, director of the accident investigation division of the Shanxi Administration of Coal Mine Safety, at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated, Shen said.

The nine injured miners in the China gas explosion mainly suffered from trauma and burns. They are in stable condition now, said Wang Guimei, director of the county’s health bureau.

The county government has also dispatched 15 work teams to deal with the aftermath and compensation for the families of the 15 victims.

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AMSJ Nov 2021