By Yining Su
An explosion at an illegal coal mine in Guizhou on Saturday reportedly killed 12 miners. Less than 24 hours later, another explosion at a different illegal coal mine, this time in Sichuan, killed 28 people. At least 30 were injured.
According to the Global Times, mining at Taozigou coal mine in Luxian, Sichuan was meant to be suspended while the facility was undergoing technical upgrades. At the time of the accident, 108 miners were working underground, though there was no ventilation. The blast was set off when a spark ignited accumulated gas.
Meanwhile, the accident in at the Dashan coal mine in Guizhou happened when miners were working “past the approved coal seam”.
Over 1,300 people were killed in mining accidents last year, according to the BBC. Though efforts have been made to improve safety, China’s mines are still some of the deadliest in the world.