21 Miners Killed in Yunnan Province


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Another deadly coal mining accident to tell you about today. 21 miners lost their lives in Yunnan Province at an illegally operating coal mine. China's mines are the deadliest in the world, with more than 2,400 deaths last year alone.

Chinese state media reports that a gas leak at a colliery in southwestern China has killed 21 miners and trapped 22 underground Thursday. It's the latest disaster to hit the accident-prone industry.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency says the accident occurred around 6:30 Thursday morning at a coal mine in Qujing, Yunnan province.

Xinhua says the privately run Sizhuang coal mine was operating without a license when the accident occurred.

The mine's license was revoked a year ago.

China's mines are the deadliest in the world, because of lax safety standards and a rush to feed the economy.

In 2010, 2,433 people were killed in coal mine accidents in China.