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29 killed in central China's coal mine blast

(Xinhua)

14:12, October 30, 2011

HENGYANG, Hunan, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in a coal mine gas explosion in central China's Hunan Province has risen to 29 as the last trapped worker was found dead Sunday morning.

A total of 35 miners were working underground as the mishap happened around 6 p.m. Saturday in the Xialiuchong Coal Mine in the city of Hengyang. Of them, six have been rescued and sent to hospital for treatment, according to the rescue headquarters.

Over 40 rescuers earlier were invovled in the rescue operation.

Luo Lin, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, and Xu Shousheng, governor of Hunan Province, have reached the site to direct the rescue operation and investigate the blast.

A 40-year-old mining enterprise, the state-owned Xialiuchong Coal Mine, located in Changjiang township of Hengshan county, Hengyang city, is a legally-operating mine with more than 160 miners

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