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  • 19 August 2014, 10:02

China: Explosion Leaves 29 Trapped Inside Mine

Rescuers are trying to reach 29 miners trapped after an explosion at a mine in eastern China.

The miners, most of whom are in their 40s, are trapped inside a private mine located in the city of Huainan, in Anhui province.

Rescuers are having to wait for the arrival of heavy rescue equipment before they can try to reach the miners, according to China Central TV.

Ten other miners - one of whom was injured - managed to escape after the blast.

According to reports, the government ordered the mine to be shut down in June because of safety concerns.

China has seen some of the world's worst mining disasters.

Some 52,607 people have been killed while working in mines inside China in the last 13 years.

Stricter work safety enforcement regulations have seen a decrease in the number of fatalities.

Last year, 1,049 died according to figures from the State Administration of Work Safety, down from a high of 6,995 in 2002.

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