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60 dead in mine tragedies

By Huang Zhiling (China Daily)

08:39, September 04, 2012

The death toll from a coal mine explosion in Jiangxi province rose to 15 on Monday afternoon when the last missing miner was found dead.

The Jiangxi tragedy is the country's second serious coal mine blast within a week after a deadly accident in Sichuan province on Wednesday left 45 dead and one missing.

Rescuers found the body of the last miner, identified as Zhou Ping, in the shaft of Gaokeng Coal Mine in Pingxiang city in Jiangxi at about 3:10 pm, the rescue headquarters said in a statement.

Eleven injured miners are still receiving medical treatment at a local hospital. Of the six critically injured, five suffered burns to more than 50 percent of their bodies.

Thirty-eight miners were working in the mine when the accident occurred at about 12:55 pm Sunday. Twenty-three escaped the mine either on their own or were pulled to safety by rescuers.

A working team sent by the State Administration of Work Safety arrived at the accident site on Monday morning to direct the rescue work and its aftermath.

The mine is a subsidiary of the State-owned Jiangxi Coal Group Corp.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.

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