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China coal mine accident death tolls rise to 81

All 34 coal miners trapped underground on Sunday in north China after explosives caught fire have been confirmed dead, state media said on Thursday, bringing the death toll from two recent accidents to 81. The miners suffocated after more than four tons of illegally stored explosives caught fire, generating toxic gas, at the Nanshan Colliery in Shanxi province, where a quarter of China’s coal is produced. All 47 miners trapped by a Nov. 5 gas blast at the Jiaojiazhai coal mine, also in Shanxi, had been confirmed dead with one last body found on Thursday, Xinhua news agency said. Full Story

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