Latest China mine disaster kills 28 people: Xinhua

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Posted: Oct 29, 2011 9:28 PM
Latest China mine disaster kills 28 people: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - A blast at a coal mine in southern China has killed 28 people, state news agency Xinhua said Sunday, in the latest disaster to hit the accident-prone industry.

The gas explosion happened Saturday afternoon at the Xialiuchong colliery in Hunan province's Hengyang, the report said.

One miner remains trapped, it added, without providing further details.

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, although this was an improvement on the toll of 2,631 a year earlier.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait)