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China coal mine accidents kill 1,049 in 2013: Government

Published on Jan 6, 2014 3:29 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Accidents in Chinese coal mines killed 1,049 people last year, down 24 percent from 2012, authorities said, reflecting both risks and improvements in the country's thriving and often under-regulated sector.

China is the world's largest consumer of coal and its mining industry sometimes skirts safety regulations, although authorities have shut small operations in recent years to try to improve conditions.

Accidents left 1,049 people dead or missing in 2013, the central government said on its website, down from 1,384 the year before and 1,973 in 2011.

"Safety in coal mining continues to steadily improve," it said, citing measures taken by the State Administration of Work Safety.

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