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30 miners die in gas explosion

AT least 30 miners died in a gas blast at a colliery in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality yesterday, according to local coal mine safety authorities.

The accident happened around 11am at the Tonghua Coal Mine, when 131 miners were working underground. Of the 101 rescued, 59 miners were injured, including four in serious condition. The cause of the accident is being investigated.


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