Thirteen dead in coal mine gas blast in China

April 21, 2014 - 8:39:19 am

BEIJING: Thirteen people were confirmed dead in a coal mine gas explosion in southwest China's Yunnan Province early Monday, the local government said.

The accident happened in a pit of Hongtutian Coal Mine in Fuyuan County in the city of Qujing, the county government said in a press release.

A total of 56 people were working in the pit, of whom 42 escaped without injuries and 14 were trapped, it said.

Rescuers had retrieved 13 dead bodies and were searching all-out for the missing miner, (Xinhua) news agency reported.

The county government said Hongtutian is a private mine and is properly licensed for operation. (QNA)