Fatalities at China Coal Mine Blast Rise to 106

24 November 2009 (Last Updated November 24th, 2009 18:30)

The number of deaths caused by an explosion at a Chinese coal mine has increased from 104 to 106 following reports that two more bodies have been recovered. The gas explosion occurred on 21 November at Xingxing coal mine in Hegang city in north-east China where 528 miners were present.<

The number of deaths caused by an explosion at a Chinese coal mine has increased from 104 to 106 following reports that two more bodies have been recovered.

The gas explosion occurred on 21 November at Xingxing coal mine in Hegang city in north-east China where 528 miners were present.

Factors that caused the explosion include overcrowded shafts, inadequate ventilation and mining of excessively big coal faces.

A Xinxing mine spokesman said that two bodies have been retrieved, while efforts are ongoing to recover the other missing miners.

The leader of the rescue effort, however, said the miners would definitely be dead as they would not have any oxygen.

Following the blast, the director, deputy director and chief engineer at the Xinxing mine have been fired.