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5 dead, 6 missing in Yunnan mine accident

FIVE miners are dead and six are missing after a gas burst at a coal mine in southwest China's Yunnan Province early today local authorities said.

The miners were working in a shaft of Malishu Coal Mine in Shuangbai County, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, when the accident happened at about 1:50 am, said a county government official.

Rescuers arrived at the mine at 4 a.m. and five bodies had been recovered as of 11 a.m., a rescue team spokesman said.

Provincial work safety authorities are investigating the cause of the gas burst.


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