Accidents in China coal mines kill 8
Nearly 70 miners were trapped underground and at least eight have died in a spate of mining accidents that have jolted China's dangerous mine industry in recent days, state media reported yesterday.
Four miners were killed in a gas explosion in a mine in western-most China's Xinjiang region yesterday, with one seriously injured, Xinhua news agency said.
Meanwhile the death toll in a flooded mine in south China's Guangxi province rose to four, with 18 still trapped inside, Xinhua said in a separate report.
China's coal mines have a notoriously poor safety record.