Twenty-one miners were killed in a coal mine gas explosion on Friday morning in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to media reports.
Off the 22 people trapped in the mine after the explosion, only one survived.
The blast happened at 1:26 a.m. at the Baiyanggou coal mine in Hutubi County in Hui Autonomous Prefecture of Changji, when 34 miners were working underground, the prefecture government said.
Twelve workers managed to escape.
Professional coal mine rescue teams and firefighters had been sent to the site, according to the regional bureau of coal mine safety supervision.
China’s mines are believed to be among the deadliest in the world and often suffer explosions.
Earlier this year, an explosion at an illegal coal mine in Guizhou killed 12 miners, and less than 24 hours later an explosion at a coal mine in Sichuan.
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