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Death Toll in China Mine Accident Climbs to 32


The death toll from a coal mining accident in northwestern China rose to 32 Wednesday after searchers recovered the body of the last missing miner.

China's state-run media say 39 people were working at the privately-owned coal mine in Shaanxi province on Saturday when a gas explosion occurred.

Seven miners managed to reach the surface, but the others were trapped.

The Xinhua news agency says police have detained the owner and managers of the mine, but provided no other details.

Chinese mines are among the most dangerous in the world. Thousands of people are killed every year in explosions, cave-ins and floods, despite government crackdowns on safety violations.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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