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    Miners walk at a coal mine from the state-owned Longmay Group on the outskirts of Jixi, in Heilongjiang province, China, October 24, 2015

    21 Killed in Coal Mine Fire in Northeast China

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    Twenty one people were killed in a coal mine fire in China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang, state media reported on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – One person is missing, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

    The number of people killed in an accident at a coal mine in the Chinese southwestern province of Guizhou increased to 13, Xinhua said Friday.
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    Earlier, the agency reported that 22 workers were trapped in a coal mine in Jixi City. The mine is operated by state-owned Heilongjiang Longmay Mining Holding Group.

    It was reported that 38 people were working at the shaft's bottom when the fire broke out on Friday night. Sixteen men managed to escape.

    In July, rescuers saved six men from a flooded coal mine in Heilongjiang Province.

    China is the second coal producer in the world.


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