A second coal mine explosion in as many days has left 11 people dead in the Chinese province of Guizhou.
At least 11 people have been killed in a coal mine explosion in the Guizhou province of southern China. The incident is the second fatal coal mine accident to occur in China in the past two days. State-run Xinhua news agency reported that 19 people were present in the mine when the explosion occurred in one of the shafts. Eight of the men working in the mine managed to survive, with rescue operations and investigations ongoing.
At least 24 people were killed yesterday in a similar incident in Liaoning, where a fire broke out in a coal mine.
Last year, China reported 589 mining-related accidents, leaving 1’049 people dead or missing – according to statistics released by the Chinese government. This was a 24% decrease from the previous year. However, labour rights groups have said the actual death toll is likely to be much higher than official data. This is partly due to the under-reporting of incidents by mine bosses, who seek to limit the economic losses and punishment caused by the accident.
In an effort to consolidate the mining industry within China, government officials have sought to close thousands of small mining operations, the major source of accidents within the country. In July, Xinhua reported that the government sought to close over 2’000 small mines by the end of next year.