Little hope for miners in latest China disaster

BEIJING Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:01pm EDT

1 of 2. A rescuer is seen in a tunnel of the Pingyu No.4 Coal mine in Yuzhou, Henan province October 16, 2010.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - There is little hope of finding alive 11 missing coal miners trapped after a gas leak in central China that already killed 26 people, state media said Monday of the country's latest mining disaster.

The accident occurred early Saturday morning in a pit owned by Pingyu Coal & Electric Co Ltd based in Yuzhou city, although 239 people escaped.

The remaining 11 are probably buried in coal dust and unlikely to be alive, the official China Daily said.

Another gas leak in 2008 at the same mine killed 23 people, the report added.

The accident occurred after Chile's dramatic rescue of 33 miners trapped for more than two months underground.

China's mines are the deadliest in the world, due to lax safety standards and a rush to feed demand from a robust economy. More than 2,600 people died in coal mine accidents in 2009 alone.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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I don’t understand what the news media is actually supposed to do nowadays. At first the general definition of “reporting news as it comes” is tempting but that’s in theory. News articles and news casters endlessly talk about the collapse of a mine at Chile and the rescue of those miners but for some reason China’s own mine collapse is being blind sided. There are a couple explanations I have, the most vain one being that the news needed a happy ending to a mine collapse and the bleak fates of the Chinese miners were too hard on the newspapers. I’m not saying one mine collapse is more important than the other, it’s just that it makes more logical sense to report both instead of reporting one in order to pander to the public’s sensitive side.

Oct 18, 2010 1:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rgw wrote:
strip mining…

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