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Little hope for miners in China disaster

Little hope for miners in China disaster
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Hopes are fading for a group of Chinese miners trapped underground after a deadly gas explosion on Saturday. Latest reports put the number killed in the accident at 31. That leaves six men unaccounted for. It is thought they could be buried under tonnes of coal dust.

Journalists have been asked to leave the site in central Henan province.

“Yesterday we let you film here and we did not stop you but today you are not allowed to,” a security officer told reporters at the gates.

Most of those working in the pit in Yuzhou survived the disaster. But, so soon after the happy ending to the mine rescue drama in Chile, the victims’ plight has focussed attention on the Chinese mining industry, the deadliest in the world.