Explosions, Casualties Fall In China Mines


BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) — The number of casualties from coal mine gas explosions in China has dropped but remains high, officials said.

This year 245 people have died in 62 mine explosions, said Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency.

The numbers represent reductions of 31 percent and 25 percent, respectively, from a year ago, the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety said.

The agency said China’s northeastern and southwestern provinces are most vulnerable to coal gas explosions.

Even with the declining numbers, gas explosions remain a significant threat to miner safety, the mining agency said.

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