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Xinjiang mine disaster blamed on owner's greed
By Guan Xiaofeng in Beijing and´╝čAheng Caixiong in Guangzhou (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-16 07:12

However, Zhao Tiechui, director of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, also blamed poor enforcement by authorities.

"The local governments' inadequate supervision and the coal mine enterprises' failure to faithfully carry out the safety policies made by the central government may partly account for the situation," he said.

Statistics show that 2,672 people were killed in the first half of this year, a year-on-year growth of 3.3 per cent.

The follow-up from the Xinjiang tragedy accompanied news on Friday from South China's Guangdong Province, where rescuers and government officials were still working hard last night to rescue 16 workers trapped in a coal mine in Xingning of Meizhou Municipality.

The accident took place in Luogang Township in eastern part of Guangdong around noon on Thursday when the Fusheng Coal Mine was suddenly flooded. Two workers were immediately rescued. 

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