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Death toll rises to 16 in southwest China's mine accident

08-05-2010 17:08 BJT

GUIYANG, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The final death toll from a coal mine gas leak in southwest China's Guizhou Province Tuesday has risen to 16, after rescuers retrieved the last body Thursday.

The body was found at around 9:55 a.m., said a rescue headquarters spokesman.

An investigation has found that 59 miners were working underground when the accident happened at around 9:30 a.m. at the Mingyang Coal Mine in Changgang Township, Renhuai City.

Forty-three managed to escape or were rescued.

Mingyang Coal Mine is a licensed private coal mine with a production capacity of 90,000 tonnes per year.

The investigation into the cause of the accident is continuing.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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