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Graphite mine poisoning kills 15 in Hunan

FIFTEEN people died after they inhaled poisoned gas in a graphite mine Monday in central China's Hunan Province, local authorities said today.

The accident occurred at around 4 pm yesterday at Jicai Graphite Mine in Yuanlutang township, Beihu District, Chenzhou City. The rescue ended at 3 a.m. this morning, said a municipal government spokesman.

Further details are not yet available, and the cause of the accident is being investigated.

Also in Chenzhou, eight miners trapped underground Monday by a flood at the Wangda Graphite Mine were saved Tuesday afternoon.


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