62 dead, 13 missing in Hebei mine blast
Updated: 2005-12-08 10:52
An explosion at a coal mine in northern China on Wednesday, killed at
least 62 workers left another 13 missing, Xinhua News Agency said
The explosion occurred at the
privately run Liuguantun Colliery in Tangshan, a city in north China's Hebei
province,the emergency rescue headquarters said Thursday.
A survior is
rescued out of the Tangshan mine December 7, 2007.
Altogether 104 miners were working in the pit when the blast occurred at 3:30
As of 8:30 am Thursday, 29 miners have been rescued and are searching with
all-out efforts for the 13 missing.
Investigators said the tragedy was caused by gas explosion.
Li Yizhong, director of the State Administration of Work Safety, and Zhao
Tiechui, director of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, left Beijing
Wednesday evening for the accident site to oversee rescue work.
The coal mine, formerly state-owned, was privatized in 2002 with designed
annual production capacity of 300,000 tons.
The government has shut down thousands of unsafe mines and punished mine
owners who put profits ahead of lives.