BEIJING – Twenty one people were killed in China after the roof of a coal mine collapsed in Lijiagou, in the central province Shaanxi, state media reported on Sunday.
The cause of the accident – which occurred at 4:30 pm Saturday when a part of the mine, where 87 people were working, collapsed – was still being investigated, state news agency Xinhua said.
Emergency services managed to rescue 66 people.
Mining accidents in China are quite common; the country’s coal mines rank among the most dangerous in the world, although in recent years fatalities have fallen significantly.
In October, a coal mine accident in the Shandong province in eastern China killed 21 people.
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.