11 killed in two gold mines accidents in central China

March 25, 2017 2:38 pm

This photo taken
on October 6, 2016 in Soamahamanina shows employees standing by as a
mining machine filters the dirt containing gold inside the Chinese
company Jiuxing’s mine. (Photo by AFP)

Accidents at two neighboring
gold mines in central ’s Henan province killed 11 people on Friday,
the official Xinhua agency reported, citing local authorities.

Thick
smoke engulfed a pit at the Qinling gold mine of China National Gold
Group in Lingbao City on Friday morning, trapping 12 workers and six
management staff, Xinhua reported on Saturday.
Rescue workers
retrieved seven bodies on Friday night. Of the 10 people taken to
hospital, one failed to respond to treatment and the other nine were
recovering.
One more body was retrieved on Saturday afternoon.
A
similar accident was reported in a neighboring gold mine on Friday
afternoon, Xinhua said, citing the provincial work safety
administration.
Of the six workers trapped, four had been rescued while the other two were found dead later that evening.
Industrial
accidents are common in China. Anger over lax standards is rising after
30 years of breakneck economic growth marred by incidents from mining
disasters to factory fires.
Earlier on Saturday, an operation platform collapsed at a power plant in southern China, killing nine people.

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