December 7, 2019 | 2:26 PM IST
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Gas explosion in China’s mine claims 15 lives

About 15 persons have been reportedly killed and 9 others seriously injured in the coal mine gas explosion in China’s Shanxi province, Pingyao on Monday afternoon. At the time of the incident, at least 35 miners were working underground in the mine owned by Shangxi Pingyao Fengyan Coal & Coke Group Company.
The police said that eleven miners managed to escape unhurt and the injured miners were immediately taken to a local hospital where they are undergoing treatment. The company authorities and investigating officers are probing what led to the blast.
It may be noted that last year, the same mine had been categorised for failing to provide adequate training to workers.
Accidents are not uncommon in China’s mines and account for about 80% of all mining deaths globally.  Experts believe that accidents in mines occur when volatile coal gas leaks from the seam and the mines are not properly ventilated. Once the gas builds up to high levels of concentration, it can be ignited by a simple spark, open flame or electrical equipment.

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