|18 dead in China mine blast|
|THE WEST AUSTRALIAN/AAP|
|Sunday, 25 November 2012 11:58|
Eighteen people have been killed and five others trapped after an explosion at a coal mine in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou, state-run media reports.
The accident occurred around 11am on Saturday, local time, at the Xiangshui coal mine in the town of Liupanshui.
Emergency personnel rescued five miners and were working to pull out five who were trapped.
Chinese coal mines are the most dangerous in the world, with around 3000 deaths occurring annually due to lack of safety measures and cave-ins caused by over exploitation.
Coal supplies between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of the energy needs of the world's second-largest economy.
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