30 Oct 2011

Mine blast in China kills 29

9:02 pm on 30 October 2011

A deadly blast at a coal mine in southern China has killed 29 people.

The gas explosion took place at a colliery in Hunan province, Chinese state media reported.

Six miners were being treated in hospital after being rescued from the Xialiuchong Coal Mine, owned by the Hengyang city government reports the BBC.

China's mines are the deadliest in the world, although the number of miners killed has been falling in recent years.

In 2010, 2,433 people died in coal mine accidents in China, although this was an improvement on the toll of 2,631 a year earlier.