At least 2 killed, 3 injured in central China colliery blast

ZHENGZHOU, July 8 (Xinhua) — At least two people were confirmed dead after an explosion went off at a coal mine in central China’s Henan Province early Thursday, local authorities said.

The blast was reported at about 5:30 a.m. at Fenghuangling Coal Mine of Zhanhe District in the resource-rich city of Pingdingshan, a city government official said.

Three people on the ground were found severely injured after collapsed buildings fell down on them, he added.

Witnesses said they heard loud bangs and saw some buildings toppled.

Safety authorities said rescue work was going on.

It was not immediately known how many workers were trapped.


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