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World At least 16 killed from carbon monoxide poisoning in China coal mine accident

10:36  28 september  2020
10:36  28 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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HONG KONG — Sixteen people who had been trapped in a coal mine in southwestern China died of carbon monoxide poisoning , local officials said on Sunday. A total of 17 people were pulled from the Songzao mine in the city of Chongqing, the local government said on social media.

Mining accidents are common in China , where the industry has a poor safety record and regulations are often weakly enforced. At least 14 miners were killed in a coal and gas blast last December at a mine in southwestern Guizhou province. In Dec 2018, seven miners were killed in Chongqing after

At least 16 workers in southwest China were killed after they became trapped underground in a coal mine and exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, Chinese state media reported.

Chai Sirisute et al. wearing costumes: Rescuers wait outside the Songzao Coal Mine near Chongqing, in southwest China on September 27, 2020. © STR/AFP/Getty Images Rescuers wait outside the Songzao Coal Mine near Chongqing, in southwest China on September 27, 2020.

There were 17 people inside the Songzao coal mine in the Chinese city of Chongqing at the time of the incident, according to the state-run CGTN broadcaster. Only one person was pulled out alive by rescuers and they are in critical condition in hospital, CGTN reported.

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Through the first seven months of the year, 63 mining accidents were documented in China , with 88 deaths, according to the National Coal Mine Safety Administration. Preliminary investigation finds that a conveyor belt fire released excessive levels of carbon monoxide into the Songzao mine .

Mining accidents are common in China , where the industry has a poor safety record and regulations are often weakly enforced. At least 14 miners were killed in a coal and gas blast last December at a mine in southwestern Guizhou province. In December 2018, seven miners were killed in Chongqing

The accident happened just after midday local time on Sunday, when a conveyer belt in the mine caught fire, producing excessive levels of carbon monoxide and trapping the miners.

State news agency Xinhua reported that carbon monoxide levels inside the coal mine had exceeded safe limits.

China's Ministry of Emergency Management said in a statement that they are working to identify the cause of the accident and implement safety measures.

A team led by the deputy director of the National Coal Safety Supervision Bureau was sent to guide the rescue and recovery effort at the mine, the ministry said.

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Mining accidents are common in China , where the industry has a poor safety record and regulations are often weakly enforced. At least 14 miners were killed in a coal and gas blast last December at a mine in southwestern Guizhou province. In December 2018, seven miners were killed in Chongqing

Mining accidents are common in China , where the industry has a poor safety record and regulations are often weakly enforced. At least 14 miners were killed in a coal and gas blast last December at a mine in southwestern Guizhou province. In December 2018, seven miners were killed in Chongqing

The facility is owned by state energy firm Chongqing Energy. Managers at the Songzao coal mine had previously been fined and issued with warnings over safety violations at the site.

In late 2019, the Chongqing Coal Mine Safety Supervision Bureau issued "administrative penalties" and fines ranging from $700 to $4,200 to seven people for using improper mine blasting methods, according to a statement released by the bureau.

Mining accidents are not unusual in China. In 2017 there were 219 coal mining accidents in total, according to official statistics, killing 375 people. In 2018, the death toll from coal mine accidents stood at 333.

a train crossing a bridge over a river in a city: Ambulances wait outside the Songzao Coal Mine after workers became trapped. © STR/AFP/Getty Images Ambulances wait outside the Songzao Coal Mine after workers became trapped.

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