Four die in sandstorm (2)

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4 FUJIAN

Miners killed, injured in blast

Two people were killed and seven injured in a mine blast in East China's Fujian province on Tuesday, local authorities said.

Explosives in a Shunchang county mine went off at 9:35 am, killing two at the scene and injuring seven others, said the county's government in a statement.

Two miners with eye injuries were rushed to a hospital in the provincial capital Fuzhou and the other five were sent to Shunchang County Hospital.

Police are investigating the incident.

5 HUBEI

Director seeks career change

A senior official of the Wuhan city, capital of Hubei province, abandoned his position in the government in order to do business, information portal xinhuanet.com reported on Tuesday.

Xu Jin, director of Wuhan city's development and reform commission, filed his resignation days ago, sources from local authorities said, adding his resignation has been submitted to the city's people's congress for approval.

If approved, he would be the highest-ranking official in Wuhan who quit government for business.

6 SHANDONG

Sailors missing at sea

Twenty-nine sailors were rescued and an unknown number of others are missing after strong winds overturned eight vessels off East China's Shandong province on Tuesday, local authorities said.

Strong winds with speeds of up to 100 km per hour rocked China's east coast on Tuesday, with eight boats capsized between 3 am and 8 am, said Xu Zengfu, deputy director of the province's maritime safety bureau.

"We have received reports that two commercial ships and six fishing boats capsized in Yantai, Weihai and Qingdao," said Xu.

Helicopters and rescue ships are still searching for the missing seamen.

7 GANSU

Four die in sandstorm

The death toll from a fierce sandstorm in Northwest China's Gansu province over the weekend has climbed to four, the civil affairs authority said on Tuesday.

One more person was reported dead after raw materials belonging to a biochemical company burst into flames, presumably caused by static generated by the sandstorm, according to the civil affairs department of Gansu province.

Gansu was hit by the strongest sandstorm in nine years on Saturday and Sunday, with wind speeds of more than 100 km per hour. The visibility in some areas was reduced to 50 meters, while in Minqin and Jiuquan the visibility was zero.

Minqin reported 13 fires were caused by the sandstorm, leaving five people injured and 460 others evacuated, the local authority said.

Preliminary statistics show that the sandstorm affected 1.32 million people in 19 counties in Gansu and damaged 206,800 hectares of crops, of which 33,900 hectares were totally destroyed.

Source: China Daily
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