Mountain Slope in China Coal Mine Collapses, 10 Killed. PHOTO/Reuters
“The accident occurred at around 11:15 am local time (0315 GMT) in the northwestern province of Gansu,” CCTV said. It is also reported that the rescue operation is now over.
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“Personnel were moving around the mining site in Baiyin city when the mountainside collapsed which buried the employees as well as this vehicle,” CCTV said. “A total of 17 people were trapped,” the report continued.
According to the final report on Saturday evening, after the discovery of the latest bodies, 10 people were declared dead and seven lightly injured. “An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident,” the CCTV report said.
Little information is given about the mining site, Baiyin city. The region consists of part of the mountain and part of the desert. Initially the area was established as a national copper mining base in the 1950s.
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Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and regulations are often poorly enforced. However, safety has improved in recent decades, as has media coverage of major incidents, many of which were once ignored.
But the sector remains dangerous and safety instructions are often weak, especially in the simplest of locations. Last September, 19 miners who were stranded underground following the collapse of a coal mine in the country’s northwestern province of Qinghai, were found dead after a lengthy search.
Three months later in northern Shanxi province, hundreds of rescuers were sent to a flooded coal mine that trapped miners. Twenty workers were rescued, and two bodies were found after a dramatic two-day operation.