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Police detain 21 in alleged coal mine cover up

[ 2012-04-16 10:34] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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Police have detained 21 people suspected of trying to cover up the death toll from a coal mine accident.

Ten miners were killed and another remains missing after a flood on Friday at an illegal coal mine in Changzhi, Shanxi province.

The owner of the Shanfu Coal Mine originally told authorities that nine workers were trapped. However, police later discovered that 11 workers were in the shaft when it was flooded with 2,500 cubic meters of water at about 1 am.

About 30 professional rescue workers were sent to the scene, along with nine ambulances and 200 technicians. All of the water had been pumped out of the shaft by 8 pm on Saturday.

The mine's owner and its manager were among those detained, and authorities froze the company's assets.

An official at the State Administration of Work Safety, who declined to be identified, said thatunder the regulations, concealing an accident that claims the lives of 10 people is punishablewith a fine of 5 million yuan ($76,000) and up to seven years in prison.

The administration said the mine did not have a valid production license.

Authorities were unable to confirm whether the mine was private or State-owned when asked by China Daily.

In a separate flooding incident in Henan province on Saturday, five miners were killed and six others remain missing.

The accident happened at 4 pm at a mine owned by Yulongyuantong Coal Mining Corp in Pingdingshan.

Authorities said 53 miners were working in the mine at the time and 42 managed to escape.

On Sunday night, rescuers were still pumping water from the mine and searching for the trapped miners.

According to the work safety administration, the flooding was caused when water flowed in from an abandoned pit. In this case, the mine was licensed.

According to reports, 1,973 miners were killed in 1,201 coal mine accidents in China in 2011, with 1,391 of the deaths in small mines.


1. How many cubic meters of water flooded the illegal coal mine in Changzhi?

2. What is the punishment for concealing an accident?

3. How many miners were killed in 2011?


1. 2,500 cubic meters

2. A fine of 5 million yuan and up to seven years in prison

3. 1,973

(中国日报网英语点津 Julie 编辑)

Police detain 21 in alleged coal mine cover up

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Police detain 21 in alleged coal mine cover up

Emily Cheng is an editor at China Daily. She was born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Media, English Literature and Politics. She has worked in the media industry since starting university and this is the third time she has settled abroad - she interned with a magazine in Hong Kong 2007 and studied at the University of Leeds in 2009.