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China mine accident kills 21: state media

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 10:17am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 10:19am

An accident at a coal mine in southwest China killed 21 miners Tuesday, state media said, in the latest disaster to hit the country’s troubled industry.

Four others were missing after the coal and gas outburst at the Machang coal mine in Guizhou Province, Xinhua reported citing local authorities, adding that 58 more had managed to get to the surface safely.

China’s mines are among the deadliest in the world due to lax regulation, corruption and inefficiency. Accidents are common because safety is often neglected by bosses seeking quick profits.

Official figures show 1,973 people died in coal mining accidents in China in 2011, a 19 per cent fall on the previous year.

Labour rights groups, however, say the actual death toll is likely to be much higher, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.

China is the world’s biggest consumer of coal, relying on the fossil fuel for 70 per cent of its growing energy needs.

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napoleon_wang
出了太多太多的矿难事故了。监管问责一直不出台。看着一次次死人的新闻一点都没有触动吗?挖煤出事就停止挖。要挖就管理跟上。往往是地方政府特别是县级的政府最容易出乱子。上下政令不通如何办得好事情。关键是这些基层官员综合素养不高。一般是没有学历的。所谓的学历都是后天混出来的。没有学历没有受过正规教育。思考问题必然跟不上时代的发展。土生土长出来的当地的封建思想还是不断重现。做官为了贪钱有好处。所以说提高素质真心重要。此外监督机制也不到位。总之。煤矿还要死人。继续呼吁吧。
napoleon_wang
听到这个新闻倍感震怒!!
 
 
 
 
 

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