China coal mine blast traps 16




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Local authorities on Monday reported that sixteen people were trapped in a coal mine gas in north China’s Shanxi Province.

A preliminary showed that 34 miners were working underground at the coal mine in Pingyao County when the blast happened at 1:50 p.m. on Monday.

According to the Shanxi Administration of Coal Mine Safety, so far, 18 people were saved and five others were sent to the hospital.

Authorities said rescue work and further are underway.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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