29 dead in China coal mine blast

Beijing, Oct 30: A gas explosion that occurred Saturday in a coal mine in China has left 29 miners dead, officials said Sunday.

The explosion took place in the state-owned Xialiuchong mine in Hengyang of Hunan province, Xinhua reported.

A total of 35 miners were working in the mine when the incident happened around 6 p.m. Saturday. Six miners were rescued and sent to hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Around 40 years old, the coal mine is a legally-operating one with more than 160 miners.

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