33 miners killed in three blasts
Three explosions in two days have claimed at least 33 lives.
The most deadly of the accidents happened at 11 am yesterday at the Zijiang coal mine in Loudi, Central China's Hunan Province, according to a release from the State Administration for Work Safety.
In a second incident a blast ripped through the Laotong iron mine in Shahe, North China's Hebei Province, at about 2 am yesterday, killing nine and hospitalizing eight, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
The mine is close to those where fire killed 70 miners in November last year, Xinhua said.
Causes of the two accidents are under investigation.
In a third incident, which happened at around 9 am on Tuesday, a gas explosion at the Shilongxiang coal mine in Zhenxiong County, Zhaotong, Southwest China's Yunnan Province, killed three.
Twenty-four of the 34 miners working in the mine escaped with seven of the trapped miners being rescued. By 6 am yesterday, bodies of the three miners had been found, Xinhua reported.
In related news, police in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province arrested five suspects accused of being responsible for a deadly coal mine blast that claimed 22 lives on April 28 in Hancheng, Xinhua reported.
The five were accused of negligence in maintaining safety. They are the mine's legal representative, Guo Zongwen, deputy head He Zongfa, deputy manager Jia Linding, and technicians Han Yongzhang and Luo Peicai.
The accident occurred at the private Shangyukou coal mine in the province, trapping 32 miners. Only ten survived.