Coal mine explosion kills at least nine workers in China
At least nine workers have died in an explosion at a small coal mine in China’s northern province of Heilongjiang late Wednesday.
According to the official Xinhua news agency, the incident occurred at Jixi’s Yuchen coal mine, which has 60,000 tonnes of annual production capacity.
The accident follows China’s State Council’s August announcement to launch a new round of safety checks at coal mines and chemical plants starting September.
The latest industry reports show China’s coal output in August fell to a 10-month low, suggesting mines have reduced production in the wake of major accidents.