October 10, 2008

Seven Killed, Seven Injured in South China Mine Blast

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

NANNING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) - Seven miners died and another seven were injured after a coal mine gas blast on Friday morning in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, a local safety official said.

The accident occurred at around 9:20 a.m. in a well of Heshan Coal Mine Co. Ltd in Heshan City, said Zeng Biao, the Laibin Municipal Work Safety Bureau deputy head.

Heshan is a city administered by Laibin City.

Less than 100 miners were underground at the time of the blast according to the company, Zeng said.

In total, 91 miners were found. Eighteen miners were helping with the rescue work under the well and 66 got out of the well safely, he said.

Rescuers were still working in a shaft yet to be searched.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0718 10 Oct 08.

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