07 Jul '11, 1am

36 trapped after China coal mine fire, state media reports - AFP

BEIJING - AT LEAST 36 people are trapped underground at a coal mine in eastern China after a fire broke out, state media reported on Thursday. The fire started in an air compression device 225m under ground at the mine in Shandong province on Wednesday evening, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, citing the State Administration of Work Safety. Rescuers rushed to the scene and an operation was under way to reach the trapped miners, the report said. The mine passed safety checks in October 2010 after expanding its production capacity to 150,000 tonnes a year, Xinhua reported. China's coal mines have a notoriously poor safety record, which the government has repeatedly pledged to address. In its latest campaign, the government issued a policy last year that required six kinds of safety systems, including rescue facilities, to be installed in all coal mines within three yea...

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