A pipeline in a coal mine collapsed in northwestern China on Wednesday, leaving 11 people dead and two more missing. The second major disaster in less than a week after Tuesday's mine collapse in Turkey killed 284 people, the accident highlights the dangers of coal mining, one of the deadliest jobs in the world.
According to officials at the provincial work safety bureau, a cement pipeline collapsed in the state-owned China National Coal Group Corp.’s Dahaize Coal Mine under construction in Yulin City in the northwestern province of Shaanxi. According to local news agency Xinhua, 37 people were inside the mine when the accident happened, and rescue workers pulled out 24 people alive on Wednesday.
Though the odds of pulling out the missing two are slim, the rescue workers built a lift inside, in hopes of speeding up the process, according to an official.
Currently, 16 of the people rescued, are under treatment in Yulin city’s hospital, but six of them are in critical condition.
More than 100 people have been killed since the beginning of 2014 in China's coal mine accidents, even as the country tries to enforce stricter safety.
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The disaster earlier this week at Turkey’s Soma Holding-owned coal mine has focused attention on mining safety after a fire that started inside the mine, which was blamed on improper ventilation and air systems. As of Friday, 18 people were still missing and 100 people are expected to be inside the mine even now, while Soma Holdings denied reports of negligence on its part. At the time of the explosion, more than 787 people were inside the mine.
Protests started all across the country against Turkey's leaders, blaming them for the accident and asking them to step down.