China: Coal mine explosion kills 14 miners

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Fourteen people were confirmed dead in a coal mine gas explosion in southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Monday, the local government said.

The accident happened at around 00:30 in a pit of Hongtutian Coal Mine in Fuyuan County in the city of Qujing, the county government on Monday said in a press release.

A total of 56 people were working in the pit, of whom 42 escaped without injuries and 14 were trapped, it said.

Rescuers had retrieved 13 dead bodies as of 08:00, and the body of the last one was found at around 13:20.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The county government said Hongtutian is a private mine and is properly licensed for operation.

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