China to shut more than 600 coal mines

The Chinese Government has announced it will shut hundreds of coal mines across the country.

The decision is reportedly designed to ensure a much safer industry, according to Zee News.

China's State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) stated that it will close around 625 small coal mines.

It follows a major coal mine accident last week, in which 43 miners were killed.

Following a short investigation of the incident it was found that although the mine was licenced, it had more workers than allowed underground, and that operations had continued even after monitors picked up high levels of dangerous gas.

China has one of the worst safety records for coal mining in the world, with around 35 workers killed for every 100 million tonnes of coal.

Last year alone nearly 2000 miners died in Chinese coal mines.



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