China coal mine blast kills 13: report

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Posted: Oct 19, 2011 9:49 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - A blast at a coal mine in southwestern China has killed 13, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, in the latest disaster to hit the accident-prone industry.

The explosion happened on Monday at the colliery in Chongqing when 16 miners were working underground, the report said, citing a government statement.

Three miners managed to escape, and police have detained six people in connection with the incident, Xinhua added.

China's mines are the deadliest in the world, due to lax safety standards and a rush to feed demand from a robust economy.

In 2010, 2,433 people died in coal mine accidents in China, though this was an improvement on the toll of 2,631 a year earlier.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard)