BEIJING – At least five workers were killed and one trapped in a coal mine accident in southeast China, state-run news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.
Local authorities said that the accident took place on Friday in a coal mine in the city of Longyan in the southeastern province of Fujian.
Nine people were working in the mine at the time of the accident, five of whom were killed, one injured and two rescued while efforts were on to rescue the last remaining miner.
The owner of the mine has been arrested and an investigation launched to determine the cause of the accident, according to the authorities.
In China, mines, especially coal mines – the country’s main source of energy – are among the most dangerous in the world with a high rate of accidents, although in recent years fatalities have fallen significantly.
In 2017, there were 219 accidents in Chinese coal mines with 375 deaths, a drop of 28.7 percent from 2016 and 20 times lower than the figure recorded during the early 2000s, when up to 7,000 people died in mine accidents each year.