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Death toll rises to 37 in Sichuan colliery blast

08-31-2012 13:16 BJT

Gas explosion occurred on Wednesday afternoon at a coal mine in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. 37 miners have been confirmed dead and 10 others were still unaccounted for at the Coal Mine in the city of Pan-zhi-hua.

A total of 154 miners were working underground when the blast hit the Xiao-jia-wan Coal Mine at around 6 p.m. Wednesday. 104 of the miners escaped on their own or were pulled out of the shaft. 3 miners died on their way to the hospital.

The coal mine is some 750 km southwest of the provincial capital of Chengdu. 3 owners of the mine have been taken into police custody and the mine’s accounts have been frozen. An investigation into the accident is underway.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CCTV.com

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