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China mine blast kills 20 and traps 17 others

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China mine blast kills 20 and traps 17 others

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Twenty miners have been killed and 17 more are trapped after an underground gas blast in Henan province in central China.

State media says the pit in Yuzhou was hit by a “sudden explosion”. Officials at the region’s Mine Safety Bureau say a rescue operation is underway.

China’s mining industry is the most dangerous in the world. More than 2,600 people died in mining accidents last year alone.