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Last body found in coal mine blast in Xinjiang
Updated: 2005-07-25 20:44

The last body missing was recovered Monday after a gas blast hit a coal mine in Fukang, a city in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on July 11.

The information was released by the regional government on Monday.

The gas explosion took place at around 2:30 a.m. on July 11 in the Shenlong Coal Mine of Fukang County, 62 km away from Urumqi, the regional capital, when 87 people were working in the shaft. Only four of them survived the disaster.

Eighty-two bodies were recovered within two days after the accident, however, further rescue for the one missing was dampened by the broken down ventilation system, shaft collapse and high density of poisonous gas.

China's work safety watchdog has blamed the coal mine blast fora number of safety loopholes, including overproduction, lack of a work safety license and bad management.

Local police have detained five people, who were accused of being accountable for the coal mine gas blast.

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