Six people have been confirmed dead and one injured after a coal mine explosion in Guizhou province on Saturday night. News of the blast comes only days after 21 miners were killed during a gas explosion in Xinjiang on December 13.
The incident occurred around 11:50 p.m. last night at Hongxing Coal Mine in Pu’an county. The cause of the blast is unknown, according to Xinhua.
The one injured person has been rushed to a hospital.
China’s coal mines are considered some of the deadliest in the world, and the deaths and injuries resulting from blasts are often blamed on failure to properly follow safety procedures, according to the BBC.
Earlier this month Premier Li Keqiang called for better enforcement of work safety regulations after a tragic pipeline blast in Shandong province left 62 people dead.
“Production safety is a life-and-death matter and a red line that must not be crossed,” Li said. He has urged authorities to prioritize safety this winter and upcoming spring, according to Xinhua.