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A landslide at a copper gold polymetallic mine in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region has killed at least 36 miners.

The incident occured on Friday at Jiama Mine’s exploration area, a mine owned by China Gold International Resources.

Nearly 2 million cubic metres of mud, rock and debris swept through the mine, which spans an area of about 1.5 square miles, burying 83 miners.

Rescue services were suspended this morning after four fissures with lengths of more than 600m were observed at the site, which pose a risk of another landslide in the area, Xinhua reported.

The Jiama project is a large scale polymetallic deposit consisting of copper, molybdenum, gold, silver, lead and zinc.

China has one of the world’s worst safety records in the mining industry – the country’s State Administration of Work Safety reports show 1,973 and 2,433 people were killed in the country in mining incidents in 2011 and 2010 respectively.

Just last week, two separate gas explosions at the Babao Coal Mine in Jiangyuan district in the city of Baishan in China killed 34 people.

Initial reports said that a safety team comprising 41 technicians was sent underground to repair a reported gas leak when the incident occurred. Eleven workers are still missing.

Image: China has one of the world’s worst safety records in the mining industry. Photo: Herry Lawford.

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