Latest News:  
Beijing   Thundershower/Overcast    28 / 23 ℃  City Forecast

English>>China Politics

Chinese officials prosecuted for colliery blast cover-up

(Xinhua)

08:21, July 27, 2012

KUNMING, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Seven officials will be prosecuted and 15 others will receive administrative punishments for a deadly colliery blast in southwest China in April and their attempts to cover up the accident, the local mining safety watchdog said Thursday.

Those to be indicted include the mine bosses, two mining officials of a township government and two mine safety supervisors in the city of Xuanwei, Yunnan province, the provincial coal mine safety supervision administration announced in a statement.

Twelve miners were killed and three others were injured in explosions at Yangmeishan Coal Mine in Xuanwei's Haidai township on April 15. An investigation found that after the accident mine bosses and township government officials hid corpses, forged safety records, tampered with witnesses, destroyed evidence and arranged secret deals in an effort to silence the victims' families.

"They tried to hide the scale of the accident. What they did was extremely bad and had very negative social impacts," the statement said.

It said the mine was shut down, its license revoked and owners fined 6.3 million yuan (about 1 million U.S. dollars).

The administration, however, did not reveal the charges against the officials and the identities of the 15 others who received various administrative punishments.

China's mines are among the deadliest in the world. The latest available data from the central government showed that 1,973 miners were killed in coal mine accidents in 2011. The death toll for that year, however, was 19 percent lower than that of 2010.

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:张茜、王金雪)

Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Two Chinese naval escort taskforces meet in Gulf of Aden

  2. Solar Impulse arrives home after record-breaking voyage

  3. China to form high-speed railway network by 2015

  4. Women should not drink too much coffee

  5. Goldfish!Oh my god!I can't believe it

  6. Heavy rain Tianjin is a joke!

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Labor test for policymakers
  2. What to expect at London Olympics: Opponents
  3. What to expect at London Olympics: Strong teams
  4. China's bond of commitment
  5. Make intl aid more effective and balanced
  6. Lead economy on right track
  7. What to expect at London Olympics: Participants
  8. What to expect at London Olympics: Introduction
  9. US imports threat China's polysilicon enterprises
  10. Providing foreign aid a way to survive

What's happening in China

Tainted infant formula milk powder found in Hunan

  1. National database to track marriages
  2. Irrational voices against charities upsetting
  3. Rain cuts off Beijing-Baotou rail traffic
  4. Beijing police launch Internet restrictions
  5. Many preen resumes with English scores

China Features

  1. Netizens blast Youku over child porn videos
  2. Let languages grow freely
  3. 'Water-dripping' bed of Tujia nationality
  4. Manufacturing sector faces cost challenges
  5. Cooperation key to a bright future of East Asia

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai