Blast kills 21 in China

AT LEAST 21 miners have died in a coal mine in China’s northern Shanxi province over the weekend, with 11 people making it out alive.

Vivienne Ryan

The victims were poisoned by carbon monoxide which may have started from a gas blast or a spontaneous ignition, according to a local government official.

Seven miners managed to escape and rescuers helped four people out of the mine but the official number of miners underground at the time of the accident was still unknown, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported.

A rescue operation is still underway.

The accident took place on Saturday morning at the Wujiu Coal Mine in China’s northern city of Datong.

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