Saturday, August 18, 2007

Missing Miners in China

Some 172 people were missing early Saturday after a mine in east China’s Shandong province was flooded by surface water, state media reported.

China’s coal mines are the most dangerous in the world and fatal accidents happen almost every day.

More than 4,700 workers were killed last year, according to official figures, although independent labour groups put the real death toll at up to 20,000 annually, with many accidents covered up.

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