China mine blast kills 27

China's mining industry has registered another fatal incident, with an accidental explosion killing at least 27 workers at a coal mine in the country's southwest.

China's mining industry has registered another fatal incident, with an accidental explosion killing at least 27 workers at a coal mine in the country's southwest.

According to local Chinese media 81 miners were rescued from a blast at the Taozigou mine in China's Sichuan Province, and 16 were taken to hospital with injuries.

 

The accident followed a separate explosion at a mine in the Guizhou Province, which killed a further 12 workers.

 

China's mining industry is one of the most dangerous in the world, and records show 1,384 people died in coal mining accidents in the country last year.

 

China is the world's largest coal consumer, and has already recorded a number of fatal accidents in its coal industry this year.

 

Update 13/5

 

Local Chinese media reports the explosion was the result of illegal mining. You can read more here.

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