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Death toll in Henan colliery gas blast rises to 35

THE death toll has climbed to 35following today's coal mine gas explosion in central China's Henan Province, local safety watchdog said.

Forty-four people remain trapped in the Xinhua No. 4 pit in Xinhua District of Pingdingshan City, where a deadly gas blast happened at around 1 am today, said a spokesman with the Henan Provincial Bureau of Work Safety.

He said rescue work is continuing.

A total of 93 people were working in the pit when the accident happened, and 14 of whom managed to escape.

The township-run colliery, which produces 150,000 tonnes annually, was undergoing an overhaul and had not been allowed to resume production by the city government, said a spokesman with the Pingdingshan city committee of the Communist Party of China.


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