Chinese miners trapped underground

Sixteen Chinese miners are trapped after their underground mine flooded.

Sixteen Chinese miners are trapped after their underground mine flooded.

While six workers managed to escape mine following the incident late Saturday, 16 remained trapped underground, according to the SMH.

The incident occurred at one of the mines run by Furuixiang Coal in the country's north east.

Eighteen coal miners were killed last week following an explosion at an underground mine in the Guizhou Province.

Earlier this year the Chinese government took drastic action to rectify its poor coal mining safety standards, announcing that it would shut around 600 mines.

China's State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) stated that it will close around 625 small coal mines.
It followed a major coal mine accident  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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