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Nearly 50 miners trapped under rubble after coal mine collapse in China

Four people have died and 49 are still missing after a coal mine collapsed in China’s northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. On this subject informed Xinhua News Agency.

On February 22, a 180-meter-high slope collapsed on an open pit coal mine, informed CNN with a link to the Chinese state channel CCTV.

At night, the rescue operation had to be stopped due to a huge landslide that happened near the scene.

More than 900 rescuers are on site, according to Xinhua. Five people were pulled from the rubble, one of them in serious condition.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has demanded that every effort be made to search for and rescue the missing and treat the injured, transmits CCTV.

By data Associated Press, Xinjing Coal Industry Co. Ltd., which operates the mine, was fined in 2022 for numerous safety violations.

The mine collapse is under investigation.

Inner Mongolia is one of China’s major mining regions. Reuters calls Chinese coal mines are among the deadliest in the world due to lax safety standards. Most miner deaths are associated with explosions caused by the buildup of methane and coal dust, as well as flooding, the AP notes.

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