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Mining accident in China kills 19, two remain trapped

AFP  |  Beijing 

Nineteen people were killed while two remain trapped underground after a roof collapse at a mine in northern China, reported.

A total of 87 people were working underground in the province mine at the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon, official agency reported, citing local authorities.

The search for the two trapped miners continues while 66 others have been airlifted to safety, reported.

The cause of the accident at the site, run by Baiji Mining, is still under investigation.

Deadly accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record despite efforts to improve production conditions and crack down on illegal mines.

In December last year, seven miners were killed and three others injured in an accident at a mine in China's southwest.

In October, 21 miners died in eastern province after pressure inside a mine caused rocks to fracture and break, blocking the tunnel and trapping workers. Only one was rescued alive.

According to China's National Coal Mine Safety Administration, the country saw 375 related deaths in 2017, down 28.7 percent year-on-year.

But despite improvements, "the situation of coal mine safety production is still grim," the bureau said in a statement following a coal mine safety conference last January.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 08:11 IST