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20 Die in Gansu Mining Accident

Twenty miners have died today after an accident in China's northwestern Gansu Province.It happened when 34 miners crammed into a rail carriage that was made for ten people. The rail carrying the carriage broke, and the carriage dropped down the shaft almost 500 feet (150 meters).14 people survived the fall with injuries. Three are in a critical condition. This accident is not isolated. Earlier this month ten miners were also killed in Gansu Province. And in the deadliest accident this year, 45 miners died in a blast in Sichuan province in August. China has the most dangerous mining industry in world with almost two-thousand miners killed in 2011 alone, according to official statistics. China gets 70% of its power from coal, making coal production an important and time-sensitive process. In order to cut costs and increase efficiency, mine operators often bypass safety standards and flout labor laws.For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ us on Facebook ☛

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