11 killed in China coal mine blast

12:07, 25 August 2009
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Three people were missing early Tuesday after a coal mine gas blast in China`s Shanxi province killed at least 11 people, China`s state run news agency reported, according to CNN.

Sixteen miners were working in the area Monday morning when the blast slammed through a 300-foot mine shaft owned by Xingguang Coal Industry in Jinzhong City, Xinhua reported.

Two workers were rescued, the agency said, and 11 bodies were recovered.

Rescuers were trying to push a pipe into the shaft to bring air to possible survivors as well as to dilute gas. Rescuers won`t be sent underground until a plan is worked out later Tuesday.

Xinhua reported that the mine launched construction earlier this year aimed at increasing its annual production from 300,000 tons to 1.2 million tons.


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