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Dozens killed in two China coal mine accidents

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 01:03

May 12 - Two coal mine accidents in China leave dozens dead and further stains the country's worrying safety record . Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Emergency workers prepare to help victims of a coal mine blast on Saturday in southwest China's Sichuan Province. Twenty-seven workers died at the site and one other worker died in hospital. Over 100 miners were working underground when the blast went off. An investigation into the accident is underway. It is the second coal mine accident in 24 hours in the country. Twelve miners were killed and two others badly burned in a coal mine gas explosion in southwest Guizhou Province. Ten were found dead at the site and two others died in hospital. One survivor said he was trapped in the pit when the blast occurred. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) SURVIVOR MINER MA DAYUN SAYING: "I could not see or hear anybody. I kept a cool head, and when I heard the sound of an air extractor coming from above, I climbed to that air outlet." China's massive coal mining industry is the deadliest in the world, due to lax safety standards and a rush to feed demand in the world's second largest economy.

Dozens killed in two China coal mine accidents

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 01:03

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