Five trapped miners confirmed dead after gas blast

GUIYANG, November 9 (Xinhua) — The bodies of five miners trapped underground were retrieved Tuesday following a deadly explosion in a small unlicensed coal mine in southwest China’s Guizhou Province Monday, local authorities said Tuesday.

The five bodies were lifted out of the mine shaft at round 7 p.m. Tuesday in Qinglong County in landlocked Bouyei-Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Qianxinan, according to officials at Qinglong rescue headquarters.

Gas in the mine exploded Monday night, injuring two miners and trapping five, the emergency response office in Qianxinan said Monday.

Following the explosion, the deputy county chief of Qinglong County in charge of work safety was suspended from duty pending investigation, said headquarters officials.


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