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32 dead in China coal mine blast

At least 32 people died in an explosion at a coal mine in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The explosion took place on Saturday at Baoma Mining Co Ltd in Yuanbaoshan district in the city of Chifeng, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the report, there were a total of 181 people working underground at the time of the accident, and 149 workers managed to get above ground.

268 policemen and 119 rescuers and medical staff have been rushed to the accident site.

This was the second major coal mine accident in the past week. China has a poor record of industrial safety.

On Friday, 21 people had died after a coal mine blast in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.

Coal accounts for China’s two-third of energy consumption, but the mines are world’s deadliest due to lack of implementation of security standards.

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