21 dead in east China mining accident - Daily News
19,dead,east,China,mining,accident Twenty-one miners have been confirmed dead after a rock burst destroyed part of a mining tunnel in east China earlier this month, state media reported Monday. The tunnel where the miners were working was blocked at both ends by coal after pressure caused rocks to fracture and break, leaving 22 people trapped, the official Xinhua news agency said.The only survivor was found on October 21 - one day after the accident. Share this article Share The accident took place at a mine owned by Longyun Coal Mining Co. Ltd. in the Yuncheng County of Heze city in Shandong province around 11pm on October 20.The spontaneous fracturing of rock is a kind of earthquake induced by excavation. During the accident, part of a water drainage tunnel was destroyed in the burst, said the official Xinhua News Agency, and two people were killed by fractured rocks that fell in the tunnel.More than 300 people were working inside the mine at the time of the rock burst, and most were successfully lifted to safety. More than 700 rescuers have been sent down the mine to look for survivors in the past nine days. Rescue operation halted today after the body of the last miner was lifted out of the mine at 3:30pm local time. Deadly mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record, despite efforts to improve coal production conditions and crack down on illegal mines.In December 2016, explosions in two separate coal mines in the Inner Mongolia region and in northeastern Heilongjiang province killed at least 59 people. Earlier that year, 33 miners were killed in a colliery explosion in October in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, and in September, at least 18 were killed in a mine blast in the northwestern Ningxia region.According to China's National Coal Mine Safety Administration, the country saw 375 coal mining related deaths in 2017, down 28.7 percent year-on-year.However, despite improvements, "the situation of coal mine safety production is still grim," said the bureau in a statement following a coal mine safety conference in January.