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60 Confirmed Dead in China's Latest Coal Mine Accidents


Mother and her daughter wait for information about their loved one at Nuan'erhe Hospital in Chengde County

Twenty miners are now confirmed dead from Friday's gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China. And rescuers have now retrieved 40 bodies from a separate coal mine accident a day earlier.

Officials are investigating the cause of Friday's blast at Hougou Coal Mine, a government-owned operation in Shanxi province. The explosion triggered a second blast at the nearby Shapingzi Coal Mine.

Thursday, at least 40 miners died in a coal mine explosion in Chengde city, north of Beijing. Ten miners are still missing at the Nuan'erhe mine, which used to be state-owned but was privatized two years ago.

China's mines are the deadliest in the world despite a recent nationwide emphasis on enhanced safety procedures.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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