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Death toll in China mine blast rises to 37: Xinhua

Published on Aug 31, 2012 9:37 AM
Rescuers head to search for survivers at a coal mine after a gas explosion in Panzhihua, southwest China's Sichuan province on August 29, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING, China (AFP) - The death toll from a gas explosion at a coal mine in south-west China has risen to 37, with another 10 people still trapped, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

A total of 154 miners were working underground at the Xiaojiawan mine in the city of Panzhihua in Sichuan province when the blast occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

Efforts to rescue the miners have been made difficult by high temperatures and the presence of poisonous carbon monoxide in the mine, Xinhua said in an earlier report.

The individual responsible for the mine has been detained, the city government said on its website on Thursday.

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