A string of deadly coal mine accidents in north China's Hebei Province over the past three weeks have
once again put mine safety overhaul atop the local government's
The provincial government said on Tuesday it will carry out a
thorough safety checkup and will further probe into the recent
accidents that have claimed at least 25 lives in total.
"Those who are held responsible for the accidents will be
severely punished, and measures have to be taken to avoid similar
tragedies in the future," said a press release issued by the
provincial work safety supervision bureau on Tuesday.
Three miners were killed and three others missing when a
gunpowder explosion occurred at Heichaigou Mine in Weixian County
of Zhangjiakou City on Monday evening.
The disaster came just four days after five miners were gassed
to death by carbon monoxide at Xinglongxin colliery in Xiahuayuan
District of the same city, according to the provincial work safety
Three weeks ago on July 24, a deadly blast at Shuidong colliery
in Weixian County claimed 17 lives.
In the current round of safety overhaul, the Hebei provincial
government said it would tighten management of explosives and
combustible pits, and would also further restructure the mining
industry by merging small mines into bigger ones to improve
productivity as well as safety.
(Xinhua News Agency August 16, 2006)