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29 Trapped In Gas Explosion

A gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China has trapped at least 29 people, state media said, the latest in a series of colliery accidents across the country

A gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China has trapped at least 29 people, state media said, the latest in a series of colliery accidents across the country.

The blast occurred late on Wednesday in Chengcheng County, Shaanxi province, the official Xinhua news agency said in a brief report. It did not give details.

A total of 3,786 coal miners died in gas blasts, floodings and other accidents last year as companies, often flouting safety regulations, rush to feed demand from a booming economy.

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