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Death toll from Heilongjiang colliery explosion rises to 87

DEATH toll from the deadly coal mine blast in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province has risen to 87 as of 7 am today, said local authorities.

Another 21 are still trapped in the shaft.

The blast happened at around 2:30 am yesterday at the Xinxing Coal Mine under the state-owned Heilongjiang Longmei Mining Holding Group's subsidiary in Hegang City. A total of 528 miners were working underground, among whom 420 have escaped the accident, said staff with the company.


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