Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital Business
Capital Business
Scene of China mine blast


Death toll in China mine blast rises to 10

Scene of China mine blast

BEIJING, Nov 8 – The death toll from a rock blast in a Chinese coal mine has risen to 10 after two seriously injured workers who were rescued from the shaft died from their wounds, state media reported Tuesday.

The accident happened in the central province of Henan last week, instantly killing eight miners and trapping another 53, most of whom were only pulled out 40 hours after the blast in a rescue mission broadcast live on state TV.

Three of those pulled out were in a critical state, and two subsequently died, a mine official was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

The miners had been trapped by a rock burst — a violent explosion caused by huge pressure — moments after a minor 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Sanmenxia, according to Xinhua.

It was not immediately clear if the earthquake directly caused the accident at the colliery, which is part of the Henan Yima Coal Mine Group, a giant state-owned mining company.

Officials at the group refused to comment when contacted by AFP.

While mining accidents are common in China, it is unusual for so many people to be successfully brought to the surface alive.

The operation is the most successful such effort in the country since April 2010, when 115 miners were rescued after eight days of being trapped underground at a mine in northern China.

But the incident was the latest to hit the hazardous mining industry in China, and came days after a gas explosion at a state-owned coal mine in neighbouring Hunan province left 29 miners dead.

Earlier in October, blasts at mines in the southwestern city of Chongqing and the northern province of Shaanxi killed 13 and 11 miners respectively.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

In 2010, 2,433 people died in coal mining accidents in China, according to official statistics — a rate of more than six workers per day. Campaigners suggest the true figure is likely to be far higher.

Click to comment

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...