Category: World / September 25, 2012 10:15 AM EDT
Rescuers pulled out the bodies of the last victims from a coal mine in northwest China’s Gansu province, after an accident which killed 20 miners. The 20 trapped miners were confirmed dead after a coal mine accident early on Tuesday.
Local authorities said they were killed in the mine after a cart lifting them to ground level slipped in a pit. A total of 34 miners were in the two-cart carriage. Authorities said the carriage was designed to carry just 10 passengers and the carts were clearly overweight with 34 people.
The coal mine which began operations in 2003 has an annual production capacity of 90,000 tones: China has the world’s deadliest coal-mining industry. Safety improvements have reduced the number of deaths in recent years but safety rules are often ignored.