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Liaoning mine blast compensation under way
By Guo Nei (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-02-18 00:48

Compensation for the families of the victims of the largest colliery gas explosion in China is under discussion, and will be available after approval from the provincial government, local officials said.

The fatal blast has claimed 211 lives. Four miners are still missing and 29 are injured including two severely wounded.

Relatives of blast victims still can't bebieve what have happened. [newsphoto]
The explosion happened on Monday in northeastern China's Fuxin, a coal-pillared industrial city.

The compensation scheme is set up by the Fuxin Mining Corporation, the owner of the mine, in accordance with related national and provincial compensation policies, said Hui Lizhong, local news office chief.

However, he would not give any details before the compensation plan received approval from the provincial authority.

All-round counselling work is being given to the families and the relatives of the casualties.

A 400-member task force has been set up and will visit families affected by the blast, and will provide emotional comfort and mental support to the mourners.

Social donations are also being received. The arrival of 1 million yuan (US$120,000) from the All-China Federation of Trade Unions was the the first, and was followed by 200,000 yuan (US$24,390) from the provincial government.

In another colliery gas explosion accident, which happened on Tuesday afternoon in Fuyuan County in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, the death toll has climbed to 21, with 15 injured and five still missing.

The blast took place in an illegal coal mine, which has long been on the banned list for further coal exploration.

Exploration of the mine was resumed two years ago.

The former owner of the mine is being questioned by the local police.

(China Daily 02/18/2005 page2)

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