Deaths in China coal mine fire

At least 25 miners killed after electrical fire breaks out in illegal coal mine.

    China's coal mining industry is the deadliest in the world claiming thousands of lives a year [EPA]

    Six miners in the pit at the time of the fire managed to escape, but others working in mine were burned to death, police said.

    China's coal mines are the world's deadliest, claiming the lives of thousands of miners every year.

    Labour rights groups say safety standards often ignored in the quest for profits and the drive to meet surging demand for coal, which provides about 70 per cent of China's energy.

    The government has vowed to step up enforcement of workplace safety laws and crackdown on illegal and unsafe mines.

    But a high demand for coal and a ready supply of cheap and willing labour means that for many mine operators the temptations of a fast profit are too great.

    Earlier this month, more than 30 miners were killed in a flood at a coal mine in the Inner Mongolia region in northern China.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Pick your team and answer as many correct questions in three minutes.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Remembering Chernobyl

    Remembering Chernobyl

    The fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion remains as politicised as ever, 28 years on.