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Death toll in NW China coal mine explosion climbs to five

06-27-2010 15:15 BJT

ZHONGNING, Ningxia, June 27 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in a coal mine explosion rose to five as three more miners died after treatment failed Saturday in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, local authorities said.

The explosion happened at around 2:30 a.m. at Hongyuan Coal Mine at Shikong Town of Zhongning County. A total of 12 people were trapped underground, according to the county's committee of the Communist Party of China.

Seven injured were still in a critical condition and were being treated in hospitals. They were poisoned with carbon monoxide, said Wang Jun, head of the county's health bureau.

The township-owned coal mine has been ordered to suspend operation for a safety overhaul, when the accident happened, according to the regional coal mine safety supervision authorities.

An initial investigation showed that the explosion was triggered by burning explosives

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: Xinhua

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