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Sudden gas emission kills 4 in SW coal mine
Updated: 2004-04-09 14:46

A sudden gas emission caused at least four miners dead and other two missing Thursday in a coal mine in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

The accident occurred at around 5 p.m. Thursday when 20 miners were working in the Zhulinwan coal mine located in Qingnian Township of Wansheng district, according to a senior official of the municipal administration of coal mine safety.

The four deaths were due to the poison of the gas which concentration was highly above the set standards, the official said.

Fourteen miners were successfully evacuated while the other 2 still missing, said the official.

The rescue work is still underway by press time.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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