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Fourteen dead in China mine blast
Updated: 2004-12-20 15:53

Fourteen workers have died in a gas explosion at a coal mine in southwest China, workplace safety officials say.

The blast Sunday in Shilin town, Sichuan province, occurred when 17 miners were underground, the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety said on its website.

Rescuers hauled eight bodies from the shaft and brought the other nine workers to the surface only for six to die later in hospital from their injuries. The remaining three were receiving treatment.

The coal mine, which has an annual capacity of 30,000 tons, belongs to the Xingwen County Yinfang Mining Co. Ltd.

Recent official figures showed that in the first 11 months of the year 5,286 miners died in China.

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