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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.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Mine Accident: Unlicensed Owner Flees

China Mining Tragedy HARBIN, April 10 (Xinhuanet) -- At least five coal miners were trapped underground early Saturday by a mine explosion in Jixi city of China's northernmost Heilongjiang province, local work safety officials said.

The blast occurred at Hada village of Jidong county at about 5:00 a.m. when an unknown number of miners were working underground, they said.

The owner of the mine has fled after the accident and the coal mine has no operation license from the state, according to the Heilongjiang provincial coal mine safety supervision authorities.

Rescue work is going on by press time and local government officials have rushed to the scene. The cause of the explosion is under investigation

Why do the Heilongjiang provincial coal mine safety supervision authorities now know that the mine was not licensed?. Surley these unlicensed mines must be known to authorities before people die!

It is nothing short of criminal negligence