China coal mine blast kills 14, leaves 2 missing

An explosion in a Chinese coal mine has killed 14 and injured two, and another two miners are missing after the latest accident to hit the world's deadliest mining industry, the official Xinhua agency said on Sunday.

China coal mine blast kills 14, leaves 2 missing
The blast happened early Saturday morning in northeastern Liaoning province, in a mine that was licensed but where miners may have pushed production beyond safe limits, the report said.

Rescuers are still searching for the missing miners, and authorities in Huludao city have asked 77 other mines in the area to halt production for checks.

China, the world's largest producer and consumer of coal, is battling to improve standards in its often-deadly mines as soaring prices for the fuel and robust demand from the country's booming economy encourage illegal over-production.

The number of deaths from accidents dropped one-fifth in 2007 from the previous year although 3,786 people still lost their lives. That was a big improvement over 2005 when the death toll was nearer to 6,000.
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