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Monday, 17 November, 1997, 11:13 GMT
China Mine Blast

Reports from China say at least eighty-nine people have been killed in a gas explosion in a mine in the eastern province of Anhui.

The diasaster, which took place on Thursday, is the latest to hit China's troubled coal mining industry, which despite attempts to move to other types of fuel, still supplies the vast majority of the country's energy needs.

Nearly ten-thousand Chinese miners are killed in accidents each year.

The government recently introduced new safety measures and has promised to sack managers of mines where more than ten are killed.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service


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