The Chinese coal mines are among the most dangerous mines in the world. At the weekend it again came under a heavy mining accident.
In a collapse in a coal mine in China, 21 miners were killed. Two missing miners were found dead in the northern province of Shaanxi after the disaster on Saturday, the official news agency reported, citing the local authorities. The misfortune cause in the privately operated mine will be investigated.
After the disaster, 66 miners were rescued and 19 victims were recovered. Later, relief teams found the bodies of the two miners who had been buried after the collapse of the mine.According to reports the group belongs to the private enterprise Baiji Mining. In China, privately owned mines tend to have less security than state mines.
Because of safety deficiencies there are always fatal accidents in Chinese mines. In December, seven people died in a mine accident in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, three others were injured. Twenty-one coal miners died in eastern eastern Shandong province in October after falling rocks had trapped them underground. Only one miner was saved.
According to official statistics, a total of 375 mining workers died in 2017. This meant a decrease of 28.7 percent compared to the previous year. However, the security situation in Chinese coal mines is “still bleak,” the National Authority for the Safety of Coal Mines said in January 2018.