14 miners dead after southwest China mine blast

BEIJING (AFP) – Fourteen miners were killed yesterday in a coal and gas blast at a mine in southwest China, leaving two people still trapped underground, authorities said.

The accident in the early hours of yesterday is the latest in a series of mining incidents in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced.

Two people were still trapped underground after the blast at Guanglong coal mine in Anlong county, Guizhou province, said the Southwest Guizhou Autonomous Prefecture government.

Seven workers were lifted to safety after the accident and rescue work was ongoing, according to local authorities. The accident in Guizhou came days after flooding in a mine in southwest China’s Sichuan province killed five and trapped 13 miners underground.

State broadcaster CCTV said 347 miners were working underground at the Shanmushu coal mine owned by Sichuan Coal Industry Group in Gongxian county when the flood happened last Saturday.

At a meeting in November, the State Council – China’s cabinet – ordered a “special crackdown on production-related safety issues” to “further improve workplace safety”, state media reported.