7 dead in southwest China mining accident

BEIJING, Seven miners were killed and three others injured in an accident at a coal mine in southwestern China, state media reported.

The accident occurred around 6.00pm (1000 GMT) Saturday after the

connecting segment of a mining skip broke, causing it to plummet down the

mine shaft, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The three injured miners were rushed to hospital following the accident,

which took place in southwestern Chongqing municipality.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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 October, 21 miners died in eastern Shandong province after pressure

inside a mine caused rocks to fracture and break, blocking the tunnel and

trapping the workers. Only one miner was rescued alive.

In December 2016, explosions in two separate coal mines in the Inner

Mongolia region and in northeastern Heilongjiang province killed at least 59

people.

According to China's National Coal Mine Safety Administration, the country

saw 375 coal mining related deaths in 2017, down 28.7 percent yearonyear.

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.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)