China coal mine accident: Rescuers dispatched to save 22 trapped workers

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Saturday, a coal mine collapsed in Shandong province of eastern China around 11 pm causing the death of two while trapping 22 miners inside, as per reports by Chinese media.

The cause of the accident was being investigated but several reports claimed that the coal mine which collapsed was under excavation process. Part of a water drainage tunnel was destroyed in a rock burst and two people were killed by the fractured rocks in the tunnel.

When the incident happened, 300 miners were working inside and most of them were successfully lifted to safety. The mine is owned by Shandong Energy Group Co Ltd and located in the province’s Yuncheng County.

Chinese authorities have dispatched rescue workers to save the trapped miners after the accident, Chinese state media reported on Sunday.

In August, 13 miners were killed in a mine explosion in southern China.

Chinese mines, especially coal mines – the country’s main source of energy -, have a high accident rate and are among the most dangerous in the world, although in recent years the number of fatal accidents has fallen significantly.

In 2017, there were 219 accidents in Chinese coal mines with 375 deaths, a drop of 28.7 per cent on the death toll of 2016 and 20 times lower than the figure recorded during the early 2000s, when up to 7,000 people died in mine accidents each year.

(With inputs from Agencies)