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95 Dead In Mining Accidents In China

July 5, 1985

PEKING (AP) _ Mining accidents in the first three months of 1985 claimed 95 lives in the Shaoguan coal mining area of southern China’s Guangdong province, the official China Daily reported today.

Casualties were highest in individually owned small mines, where 70 died, the report said.

Legal action is being taken against operators whose negligence was blamed for many of the 57 separate accidents.

The provincial justice department has ordered inspections and threatened to close mines found unsafe.

The Ministry of Coal in Peking has also launched a national campaign to improve safety for China’s four million coal miners. China gets 70 percent of its energy from coal.

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