Eleven people were killed today when an explosion ripped through a coal mine in Guizhou, making this the second deadly mining accident within two days in China.
The blast jolted the Songlin mine in Pan county’s Songhe town this morning as 19 miners were underground, Xinhua reported. Only eight of the workers managed to survive.
The rescue operation is still ongoing, and the cause of the explosion has yet to be determined.
China’s mines are some of the deadliest in the world, due in part to a poor operating practices and lax regulations.
Yesterday, 24 workers were killed and 52 more people injured when a fire broke out at a mine in Fuxin, Liaoning province.
Last year, the country recorded 589 mining-related deaths, resulting in 1,049 people reported dead or missing. Labor rights groups, however, believe that the actual death toll is higher due to underreporting of accidents, according to AFP.