The death toll in a coalmine gas explosion in southwest China's
Guizhou Province has risen to 16 with the body
of the final missing miner recovered on Monday, local authorities
The blast occurred at 12:20 AM on Sunday in the Yile Coal Mine,
Shuitang Town, Panxian County. Twenty-five miners were working
underground when the explosion occurred and nine escaped, said
sources from the Guizhou Provincial Bureau of Work Safety.
Rescuers found the last body while clearing debris late Monday.
The bodies of all those who died have now been recovered, said a
spokesman for the Guizhou Provincial Bureau of Work Safety.
The owner of the mine, which is fully licensed with an annual
output capacity of 60,000 tons, has been ordered to report
regularly to local police. An investigation into the cause of the
explosion is ongoing.
(Xinhua News Agency January 30, 2007)