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At least 15 dead in two Chinese coal mine accidents

04-15-2012 21:51 BJT

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Flooding at two Chinese coal mines has killed at least 15 miners.

At least 10 miners were killed in a mine in the northern province of Shanxi. The fate of one missing miner was unknown following the flood Friday morning.

Meanwhile, an unrelated mine in the central province of Henan was flooded Saturday. Five have been confirmed dead. Local police are still trying to rescue the last one trapped underground. China’s coal mines suffer chronic explosions, cave-ins and flooding. Repeated safety crackdowns have lowered the death rate, but hundreds of fatalities are still reported every year.

Editor:Shi Jierui |Source: CNTV

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