Catastrophic Chinese record continues

MORE than 2,110 miners were killed in 596 gas explosions in coal mines in China last year according to figures released by the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), Xinhua News Agency reports.

Angie Tomlinson

While the figure was unacceptably high, it was down 13.7% on 2002 and coal mine accidents decreased by 5.9%.

SAWS deputy director Zhao Tiechui told Xinhua that coal mine accidents took up 39.8% of the total accidents in China last year and the death toll accounted for 42.3%.

China has started to implement safety measures but are yet to see the results.