Miners killed in China pit blast

Reports say 20 killed trying to illegally reopen a mine closed in 2004.

    China's mining industry saw an average of
    about 10 deaths a day in 2007 [Reuters]

    However, labour rights groups say the real death toll is likely much higher with mine operators covering up accidents to avoid official attention.


    Many of the accidents are in small, illegal mines where safety procedures are often ignored as owners cut corners in the rush for profits servicing China's soaring appetite for coal.


    The Chinese government has launched several campaigns targeting unsafe mines, but few weeks go by without reports of major floods, fires and other disasters hitting mines somewhere in the country.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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