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Coal mine collapses

Published:Saturday | October 25, 2014 | 10:37 PM

CHINA

BEIJING (AP) -- A coal mine shaft collapsed in north western China, killing 16 miners, an official said yesterday, highlighting the persistence of safety problems in the industry despite a levelling off of demand.

Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster, which struck just before midnight Friday.

Thirty-three miners were in the shaft when the accident occurred, six of whom were brought out by rescuers, said an official with the State Administration of Work Safety. The official, speaking on routine condition of anonymity, said that all of the injured were in stable condition and that the cause of the cave-in was under investigation.

China's mines are among the most dangerous in the world, although improved safety measures have vastly lowered the number of fatalities in mine accidents in recent years.

The government's China National Coal Administration reported 1,067 deaths in 604 coal-mining accidents in 2013, down 23 per cent from the year before. That's down from more than 6,000 a decade ago.