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4 killed, 9 missing in Guizhou mine accident

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-08-07 20:32
Rescuers are seen at the accident site after a coal and gas outburst happened at Zimujia coal mine in Panzhou city, Southwest China's Guizhou province, on Monday. [Xinhua/Ou Dongqu]

GUIYANG -- Four people were killed and nine others remain missing in a coal mine accident in Southwest China's Guizhou province, local authorities said Tuesday.

The coal and gas explosion occurred around 9:10 pm Monday in Zimujia coal mine in Panzhou City.

The emergency rescue headquarters said the gas density in the mine had been lowered to less than 1 percent from the peak of nearly 40 percent. More than 60 rescuers are searching for the missing underground.

The mine belongs to Zhongrong International Trust Co Ltd., with a designed production capacity of 300,000 tonnes a year. Its safety license expires in September 2019.

A citywide safety check has been launched in all coal mines.

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