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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Four Chinese Miners Dead

China Mining TragedyHow long Premier Wen Jiabao?

When will you put the "economic miracle" that is China second to the "miracle of life" that is your people?

You are a Geologist by trade surely you understand better than most in the Politburo what is happening in this Industry of Death.

The Coal industry that you rely on for 75% of China's energy can not keep up with the frenetic growth of the economy. You will measure economics of China not in GDP per head of population but Chinese mining deaths per tonne of coal.

GUANGZHOU, April 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Power cut stopped the running of the ventilation system of a coal mine in south China's Guangdong province Saturday, leaving 4 miners choked to death due to the mass of carbon dioxide.

According to the source with the municipal administration of coal mine safety supervision of Shaoguan city, the power supply system of Dongnan colliery, located in Renhua county, was hit by thunderstorm at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, leading to a power cut in the coal mine.

Though the breaking down of ventilation system by thunderstorm was the direct cause of the tragedy, the 4 miners were killed also because their lack of work safety awareness, said the source.

Meanwhile, there were problems with the safety guarantee measures of the colliery. There was neither supervision system over the coal mine nor standby power supply, the source said.