BEIJING: At least 18 people were killed and two more missing after an explosion on Tuesday ripped through a coalmine in China’s northwestern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The mine was operated by Linli Coal Mining company in the city of Shizuishan, the official Xinhua news agency said. According to Xinhua, 20 miners were working under ground at the time of the incident. More than 200 rescuers are at the pit.
China is the world’s largest coal producer and deadly mining accidents are common. In March 19 people were killed in a coalmine accident in the northern province of Shanxi.