Explosion traps 29 Chinese miners underground

An explosion at a Chinese coal mine yesterday has trapped 29 miners underground.

The explosion occurred at the Dongfang mine in China's Anhui province early in the morning, according to Chinese news service Xinhua.

Nearly 40 miners were working in the shaft when the explosion occurred, however 12 were quickly rescued after the initial blast.

The tragedy has been compounded by the fact that the region's government had already ordered all coal mines in the province to suspend mining operations last month due to the flood season, however the mine deliberately ignored the cease work order.

The cause of the explosion is currently being investigated.

In June 22 coal miners were killed in a gas incident, adding to China's reputation as one of the worst countries for coal mining safety.

Last year 589 mining accidents left approximately 1050 people dead or missing.

Death figures for 2012 and 2011 stand at 1300 and 1973 respectively.

In an attempt to curb these numbers the Chinese Government instituted a new 'coal safety plan' earlier this year.

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