Coal mine gas explosion ‘kills 10’ in China

Ten people have been reported dead following a colliery gas explosion in central China. The blast at Simachong coal mine in Shaoyang City is believed to have taken place around […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Ten people have been reported dead following a colliery gas explosion in central China.

The blast at Simachong coal mine in Shaoyang City is believed to have taken place around 7:55pm yesterday. Chinese reports claim a total of 39 miners were working underground when the accident took place but only 29 were lifted to safety. Investigations are currently underway.

The news follows gas explosions in coal mines last year in East China’s Anhui province in October and in the southwest province of Sichuan in August.

China also saw another oil tank blast in the northeast region yesterday afternoon, with two people believed to be severely injured and two others missing.

Reports claim two explosions were heard at an oil refinery in Dalian owned by China National Petroleum Corporation. More than 300 firefighters were at the scene and the fire is said to have been put out by 4:30pm. According to reports, the injured are in “life threatening” conditions in the hospital.

Earlier this year an explosion at a power firm in Mexico also killed at least 25 people and another Russian coal mine blast killed nine.