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17 die in China mine accident

Posted on Dec 05, 06:12PM | IANS

Seventeen people were killed Wednesday in a coal mine accident in southwest China's Yunnan province, authorities said.

At 2.15 p.m. Wednesday, an accident of coal and gas outburst took place in a shaft of the Shangchang coal mine in Huangnihe township of Fuyuan, reported Xinhua,

Sixty-six miners were underground when the accident took place and 49 of them escaped from the mine, according to preliminary investigation.