Gas blast kills 17 miners in China

AN OUTBURST has left 17 miners dead and six injured in a southwest China coal mine.
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Justin Niessner

According to official state media outlet Xinhua, a gas blast at the Shangchang underground in Yunnan province killed 16 workers immediately – with another dying on the way to hospital.

One of the six injured is in a serious condition, but none are reported to have life-threatening wounds.

Sixty-six people were in the Shangchang shaft at the time of the explosion.

Xinhua said the mine’s owner and manager were in police custody as a preliminary investigation got underway.

The report follows news of a flood in the Furuixiang coal mine of Heilongjiang province, which trapped 16 workers on Saturday night.

Eleven Furuixiang miners are still missing, with three confirmed dead.

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