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16 Die from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Southwest China's Coal Mine

Rescue workers transfer a survivor to an ambulance at the Shanmushu coal mine owned by Sichuan Coal Industry Group, following a flooding accident at the mine on Saturday, in Yibin, Sichuan province, China December 18, 2019. China Daily via REUTERS

Rescue workers transfer a survivor to an ambulance at the Shanmushu coal mine owned by Sichuan Coal Industry Group, following a flooding accident at the mine on Saturday, in Yibin, Sichuan province, China December 18, 2019. China Daily via REUTERS

A total of 17 people were trapped in the mine, the Chongqing municipal government said on its social media account. One person was taken to a hospital, and the others showed no signs of life, the post said.

Sixteen people died Sunday in a coal mine in southwestern China because of excessively high levels of carbon monoxide, authorities and state media said.

A total of 17 people were trapped in the mine, the Chongqing municipal government said on its social media account. One person was taken to a hospital, and the others showed no signs of life, the post said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said that burning belts had caused the high level of carbon monoxide. It did not explain what the belts were.

The mine in Qijiang district belongs to a local energy company, Xinhua said, citing the district government. An investigation was underway.


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