Two Chinese officials have
been sacked after two gas explosions killed 34 miners within a week in the
northeastern province of Heilongjiang.
A gas explosion at Yuanhua Colliery in Hengshan District of Jixi City killed
26 miners on Nov. 25. Six days later, eight more miners were killed in Chengjin
Colliery in the same district.
The head of Hengshan District, Jiang Min, and a deputy head, Dong Enyi, were
dismissed from their posts, according to the Jixi City Committee of the
Communist Party of China.
Investigations showed both the mines had been ordered to halt production for
safety checks, but the mine owners violated the orders and started illegal
Several managers and mine owners who bear partial or total responsibility for
the blasts have disappeared. Officials from China's State Administration of Work
Safety have arrived in Jixi for further investigation.