JINCHENG, Shanxi -- The bodies of 20 miners have been recovered after a gas
explosion in a coal mine in north China's Shanxi Province, rescuers confirmed on
The blast occurred at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Miaojiang Coal Mine, in Chengqu
District of Jincheng City, Shanxi Province, which is believed to have trapped 21
miners underground. One of the miners remains missing.
Rescue work was delayed 44 hours because the mine owner allegedly attempted
to cover up the accident.
The provincial bureau of work safety started investigating the accident on
Tuesday and 11 people have been arrested for covering up the explosion, said
sources with rescue headquarters.
Two Communist party officials in the village where the coal mine is located
have been dismissed, said the district authorities without identifying them.