Death toll rises to 8 after gas poisoning in NW mine

13:52, April 29, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Eight people were confirmed dead Friday in a Death toll rises to 8 after gas poisoning in NW mine in northwest China's Gansu Province after rescuers retrieved bodies of three more miners who died from carbon monoxide poisoning, local authorities said.

According to an official with the local government, rescuers had entered the lead-zinc mine and were searching for the remaining three trapped people late Thursday night after carbon monoxide levels had been reduced to safe levels.

On Wednesday afternoon three inspectors failed to return to the surface after entering the abandon underground pit 9 a.m. that morning to conduct routine inspections.

Eleven workers were then sent to look for them in the pit of the Changba Lead-Zinc Mine in Chengxian County, Longnan City. Of the 14 people who entered the mine, five escaped unharmed and one was later rescued.

Five people were confirmed to have died in the shaft from carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday afternoon.

The mine belongs to Baiyin Nonferrous Metal Group Co., Ltd., a major Chinese producer of non-ferrous metals.

BRICS Leaders Meeting 2011
Japan in aftershocks
  Weekly review  
April 20   Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail to remove luxury seats
April 18   China undergoing shift into nation of consumers
April 18   Zhejiang checks food, raids illegal bun makers
April 19   SASS: Chinese students mentally healthier than Asian peers
April 23   The week in pictures
April 19   Build legal bulwark against moral decline
April 21   'China model' 30 years on: from home to abroad
April 21   Piano student's bloody crime heart-wrenching in China
April 18   China places firmer lid on home prices
April 19   China puts brake on economic bullet train


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • BRICS Leaders' Meeting 2011
  • Focus On China
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Death toll from severe storms in U.S. reaches 300
  • Rehearsal of Joseph Haydn's opera 'Die Schoepfung' in Berlin
  • Ten most valuable cultural relics displayed at Xi'an exposition park
  • iPad 2 begins to sell in South Korea
  • PLA's Lanzhou Military Area Command conducts live drill
  • Members of other royal families arrive for pre-wedding dinner
Most Popular
Hot Forum Dicussion