Coal Mine Explosion Leaves 10 Dead, 3 Missing

BEIJING (January 22, 2013)—The death toll from a coal mine explosion in southwestern China stood at 10 Tuesday and three workers are still missing, state media reported.

State-run China Central Television said rescuers were able to recover more bodies from the mine on Tuesday.

The explosion occurred Friday at the state-owned Jinjia coal mine in Guizhou province's Liupanshui city, but high levels of gas hampered rescue efforts.

State media said four company officials were ordered to resign in the wake of the blast.

China has the world's deadliest coal mine industry.

In 2011, 1,973 miners were killed in accidents.

Safety improvements have reduced deaths in recent years, but regulations are often ignored and accidents are still common.

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