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China state media say all 33 miners found dead

China mine explosion
Rescuers worked through the night at the privately owned Jinshangou mine, where an explosion occurred before noon Monday, the New China News Agency reported.
(Tang Yi / New China News Agency via Associated Press)

Chinese state media reported that all 33 coal miners trapped underground in a gas explosion have been found dead.

Two miners survived Monday’s explosion but rescuers working around the clock found no others alive. All bodies have been recovered and rescuers were shown bowing their heads in memorial for the dead.

Gas explosions inside mines are often caused when a flame or electrical spark ignites gas leaking from the coal seam. Ventilation systems are supposed to prevent gas from becoming trapped.

The State Administration of Work Safety ordered an investigation, saying those responsible must be strictly punished. Local officials in Chongqing also ordered smaller mines to shut down temporarily.

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China’s mining industry has long been among the world’s deadliest.

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