Two industrial accidents at the weekend killed two, injured one
and left seven trapped underground.
A local government official told Xinhua News Agency that a
colliery flooding at Xigou Coal Mine in Xin'an County in the
central province of Henan
occurred at about 8 AM on Sunday.
Seven miners were trapped in the accident and their condition
The fully-licensed coal mine was being renovated, said the
official, adding that provincial government officials have gone to
the site to help rescue work.
Investigations into the cause have been initiated.
On Saturday, a factory fire killed two workers and injured
another in Shizuishan City in northwest China's Ningxia
Hui Autonomous Region.
The accident took place at around 9 AM in a zinc-producing
factory run by locally-based Yumin Industries Development
Company sources said a bang was heard immediately before the fire
started and the three victims were found seriously burnt.
Two male workers were killed; one on his way to hospital and the
other whilst receiving medical treatment. One female worker was
Local firefighters said it was a small fire that took them only
three minutes to extinguish.
The number of people working in the factory at the time of the
incident is unknown and the fire's cause is under
(Xinhua News Agency July 18, 2005)