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21 fatalities following Chinese coal mine roof collapse

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On Saturday 12 January, the roof of a coal mine collapsed in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province.

When the roof gave away, 87 people were underground in the Lijiagou mine in the city of Shenmu. According to the Global Times, 66 people were rescued initially but 21 remained trapped underground.

All of the missing miners were later reported dead.

Mining companies in other major coal-producing regions such as Shandong and Henan have been instructed to suspend operations for inspections, which could last until June.

China’s coal and other mining industries are notorious for accidents.

Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the accident, which according to Reuters is the deadliest reported so far this year.

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