China: Coal mine accident kills 19 workers
March 24, Beijing: At least 19 people have been killed in a coal mine accident in northern China.
Chinese state media reported that the accident happened on Wednesday night on an underground platform in a mine in Shuozhou city in Shanxi province.
Its brief report cited the Shanxi Datong Coal Mine Group, which runs the mine, The official Xinhua News Agency reported.
There were 129 workers in the mine when the accident happened, and 110 managed to make it to safety.
"The cause of the accident is still not known. It could have been a fire, a gas leak, a flood," Agency reported.
Chinese government has made efforts to improve the safety conditions in China's mines, among the world's deadliest.
The government has said that safety improvements have reduced the number of deaths in recent years.
The registered number of deaths in mining accidents was in 2014 was 930, contrasting with the year 2002, when 7,000 people were killed in mining accidents.
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