Coal Mine Accident Kills 21 In China: What Caused The Disaster? [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on March 13, 2013 5:02 PM EDT

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21 miners were killed in China. 4 are still missing (Photo: YouTube / CLIKATV)

A coal mine accident kills 21 workers inside a mine in the southern province of Guizhou, China. Four miners are still missing since the horrible disaster.

According to the State Administration of Work Safety on Wednesday, rescue efforts have continued at a frantic pace as 58 miners are confirmed to have safely escaped from the collapsed rubble.

China media outlet Xinhuanet reported the accident had occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Machang Coal Mine operation, a site operated by the Gemudi Company of Guizhou Water & Mining Group.

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Reports describe a gas explosion within the mine shaft. The four missing miners are not only at risk of being buried under rocks, but a high toxic gas density will cause respiratory complications as well.

Tuesday's Guizhou mine accident is only the latest in a series of awful mining disasters in China, the current largest producer of coal in the world. Las August, 45 miners were killed from a gas explosion at the Xiaojiawan coal mine. A total of 1,384 miners died last year.

The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) will pass and enforce stricter safety regulations that aim to protect the laborers. SAWS plans to suspend or shut down over 5,000 mines that do not meet its safety regulations. SAWS aims to bring the annual death toll in mines to below 900 for the year 2013.

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