Twenty-one coal miners have been killed after the roof of a coal mine collapsed in northern China.
A complete of 87 employees have been underground within the Shaanxi province mine on the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon, the official information company Xinhua reported.
Sixty-six of these have been safely evacuated, town authorities mentioned.
The reason for the accident on the web site, run by Baiji Mining, is underneath investigation.
Lethal mining accidents are widespread in China, the place the business has a poor security document regardless of efforts to enhance coal manufacturing circumstances and crack down on unlawful mines.
In December final yr, seven miners have been killed and three others injured in an accident at a coal mine in China’s southwest.
In October, 21 miners died in japanese Shandong province after strain inside a mine triggered rocks to fracture and break, blocking the tunnel and trapping employees. Just one miner was rescued alive.
Based on China’s Nationwide Coal Mine Security Administration, the nation noticed 375 coal mining associated deaths in 2017, down 28.7% year-on-year.
However regardless of enhancements “the scenario of coal mine security manufacturing continues to be grim”, the bureau mentioned in a press release following a coal mine security convention final January.