Excessive carbon monoxide in China's coal mine, 18 miners killed
Excessive carbon monoxide in China's coal mine, 18 miners killed

BEIJING: In a coal mine in China eighteen of the 23 workers were killed due to an excessive level of carbon monoxide, local officials said on Saturday.

The accident was reported at around 5 pm on Friday at the Diaoshuidong coal mine in the district of Yongchuan in Chongqing Municipality, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The Eighteen miners were confirmed dead due to excessive level of carbon monoxide, it said. Rescuers and police officers and firefighters are trying to reach the trapped miners. The cause of the accident is under further investigation, the report said. Hasina said in a statement that ​"Incidents of 1971 cannot be forgotten. The pain will remain forever," while speaking with Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, the Pakistani High Commissioner in Dhaka, at the Ganabhaban. According to the local emergency management department, the Diaoshuidong coal mine, which was established in 1975 and became privately-owned in 1998, has an annual production capacity of 120,000 tonnes of coal. 

Hydrogen sulfide poisoning in the mine left three dead and two injured in March 2013, Xinhua report said.

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