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China’s coal mines kill 3,786 in 2007

January 12, 2008

BEIJING (AP) – Accidents in China‘s notoriously dangerous coal mines killed nearly 3,800 people last year, state media reported Saturday — a toll that is a marked improvement from previous years, but still leaves China’s mines the world’s deadliest.

In this file photo originally released by China's official Xinhua ...
In this photo released by China’s official Xinhua news agency, a trapped miner is taken to ambulance at the Yangchong Iron Mine in Fanchang County, east China, on Sunday Dec. 16, 2007. Six trapped miners were rescued after the mine collapsed in east China’s Anhui Province earlier in the week, Xinhua said. Accidents in China’s notoriously dangerous coal mines killed nearly 3,800 people last year, state media reported Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, a toll that is a marked improvement from previous years, but still leaves China’s mines the world’s deadliest.
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A total of 3,786 were killed in mining accidents in 2007 — 20 percent lower than the 2006 toll, indicating the effectiveness of a safety campaign to shut small, illegal mining operations and reduce gas explosions, the Xinhua News Agency quoted the head of China’s government safety watchdog as saying.Coal is the lifeblood of China’s booming, energy-hungry economy. The mining industry’s safety, which has never been good, has often suffered….

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