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Coal Mine Gas Explosion Happened In Sichuan Again, At Least 8 People Died

Workers Daily, reprinted in China Labour Bulletin, 22 May 2001

Yesterday morning at about 10:20, a gas explosion happened at the Shilin Coal Mine in Guangan, Sichuan. So far, eight bodies have been discovered, while seven are missing.

In view of the consecutive disastrous coal mine production safety incidents recently, Sichuan Provincial Government issued an urgent direction, requiring all small coal mines in the province be shut down for rectification.

Today, Sichuan Provincial Government sent out eight coal mine safe production work teams to various key areas to conduct public and secret investigations in order to ensure that safe production measures be implemented down to grass-root units.