Briefs, November 26, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 4:59am

Death toll hits 19 in Guizhou mine blast

The death toll from a coal-mine explosion in Guizhou on Saturday increased from 18 to 19 yesterday, Xinhua reported, citing a local government official. Four miners were still trapped, the news agency said, citing rescuers. Yin Zhihua, vice-mayor of Liupanshui, which has jurisdiction over the area, said rescuers were expected to reach the trapped workers yesterday, Xinhua said. It reported that the mine opened in 2006 and was operated by Pannan Coal Exploitation. The facility supplied the Pannan coal-fired power station as part of the government's strategy to send electricity from western regions to eastern areas of the mainland, the report said. The State Council on Saturday ordered tightened safety supervision of coal mines, according to the report. Mines that failed to meet the necessary safety requirements should not resume operations under any conditions, the council said, citing illegal re-openings as the cause of several deadly accidents recently. A blast at a Sichuan coal mine in late August killed 44 people, marking the mainland's worst mine accident in nearly three years. Bloomberg


3-vehicle crash kills eight people in Xinjiang

Eight people were killed in a road accident in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region yesterday, local traffic police said. A heavy truck collided with a sports utility vehicle and another truck at about 10.35am on a highway in Huangdi township in Shache county, Kashi prefecture. The driver and three passengers of the SUV died on the spot. Another three passengers in the car and the driver of the second truck were seriously injured and later died in hospital. Police detained the driver of the heavy truck. Xinhua