At least 203 killed, 22 injured in Liaoning coal mine blast
At least 203 miners were killed, 22 injured and 13 trapped in a coal mine gas explosion Monday afternoon in Fuxin, a city in northeast China's Liaoning Province.
Zhang Yunfu, deputy general manager of the Fuxin coal industry group, said the work operation was normal Monday morning, and a coal mine quake took place at 2:50 p.m. at the No.3316 working face of Sunjiawan colliery of the Fuxin coal industry group.
Rescue operation began immediately and further investigation is underway.
Officials from the provincial government, Fuxin and other relevant departments have rushed to the mine.
The designed yearly production capacity of Sunjiawan colliery is 1.5 million
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice Premier Huang Ju also instructed local officials to rescue the victims, find out the cause of the accident and deal with the aftermath.
A work team led by State Councilor Hua Jianmin arrived at the accident site
Tuesday morning. Hua and his team will try their best to find the missing, treat
the injured, prepare compensationsfor the families of the victims.
Sources with the Fuxin coal industry group said that 80 of the rescuers were from Fuxin coal industry group, and other 100 were sent by Shenyang, Nanpiao, Beipiao and Fushun coal administration bureaus within the province.
The sources said about 574 people were in the colliery Monday morning, 336 people went out of the colliery at 2 p.m., and there were 238 coal miners in the colliery when the disaster happened at3 p.m..
Zhang Wenyue, governor of Liaoning Province and two other vice governors
rushed to the site immediately after the accident to supervise the rescue work.
The Sunjiawan colliery blast in northeast China's Liaoning Province claimed 203 lives Monday, and left 13 trapped and 22 injured.
Zhang Yunfu estimated that the one in coma was caused by the shock wave of the blast, and his head struck at metals or stones.
A medical expert team, sent by the first hospital affiliated to the Chinese Medical Sciences University, is on its way from Shenyang, capital of the province, to the general hospital of the Fuxin coal industry group.
All the 22 injured are in the hospital, which is one of the best hospitals in Fuxin.
The Sunjiawan colliery, with 3,100 workers, belongs to the Fuxin Coal Industry Group, and has two coal mines. The Haizhou coal mine is the one where the disaster took place. The Haizhou coal mine has an annual output of 1.5 million tons.