Fifteen people have been confirmed dead and 18 remain trapped after an underground gas explosion yesterday in southwest China’s Chongqing City.
Thirty-five workers were in the privately-owned Jinshangou Coal Mine in Yongchuan District at the time of the explosion, according to Oriental Daily. Only two have come out alive.
The mine, which produces 60,000 tonnes of coal annually, was fully licensed at the time of the accident. The city has ordered a halt to production at all local collieries with an annual output of 90,000 tonnes or less pending a “comprehensive investigation into hidden dangers,” reports Sohu News.
Rescue efforts are ongoing.
By Ryan Kilpatrick
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