Chinese Mining Accidents Kill 34
May. 08, 2002
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SHANGHAI, China (AP) _ Two deadly accidents on the same day over the weekend killed at least 34 coal miners, officials reported Wednesday.
Gas filled a mine and exploded Saturday in Caohai, in the southern province of Guizhou, killing 23 workers, a town official said.
Police were still searching for the mine owner, who fled after the accident, said the official, who refused to give his name.
Eleven miners suffocated when gas filled a mine near Loudi, in the southern province of Hunan, said a spokeswoman for the city's mine bureau.
Two miners were missing but believed dead, said the official, who gave only her family name, Wang.
``Their chance of survival is almost zero,'' she said. ``We are giving up.''
Lack of safety devices and training, and poor regulation make China's mines the deadliest in the world. Mine accidents killed 5,670 miners last year, according to government figures.