12 May 2013

China coal mine blast kills 27

8:11 pm on 12 May 2013

China's state news agency reports an explosion at a coal mine in Sichuan province has killed at least 27 people.

Officials say more than 100 miners were underground when the accident happened on Saturday afternoon.

Of 81 people rescued, 16 were injured. It was the second deadly coal mine explosion in China in 24 hours.

The BBC reports it was the second deadly coal mine explosion in China in 24 hours.

On Friday, 12 miners were killed when gas exploded in a mine in Guizhou province.