16 Die in Coal Mine Collapse in Northwest China

World | October 25, 2014, Saturday // 12:24|  views

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Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

The accident occurred in the regional capital of Urumqi on Friday night when 33 workers were underground, the report said citing local officials. Eleven workers were injured and six escaped, it added.

China's mines are among the most dangerous in the world, although improved safety measures have vastly lowered the number of fatalities in mine accidents in recent years.

Twenty two workers were killed in a coal mine accident in southwestern China in June.

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