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Death toll rises to three in China coalmine accident


10:30, January 21, 2013

LIUPANSHUI, Guizhou, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- As one more body was found Monday, the death toll in Friday's coalmine accident in southwest China's Guizhou Province has risen to three, with 10 miners still missing.

Eighteen people were working in the mine shaft when the gas outburst accident happened Friday afternoon at the Jinjia Coal Mine in the Panxian County of Liupanshui City.

More than 40 rescuers, with the help of a hydraulic mucker, are working round the clock to pump gas out and searching for the rest 10 miners.

The state-owned Jinjia Coal Mine, under the Guizhou Panjiang Clean Coal Co. Ltd., has an annual output capacity of 1.8 million tonnes of coal.

The Guizhou provincial work safety administration had ordered a general overhaul of industrial work safety in Liupanshui City.

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