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Latest China Mine Accident Traps 96

China's official news agency says 96 miners are missing following an explosion at a coal mine in the country's northern province of Hebei.

In the country's latest mine accident, Xinhua said some 123 people were underground when the blast occurred, but 27 later escaped. Overall, at least 171 people have died in Chinese mine accidents in the last two weeks.

At a coal mine in Henan province, officials said divers would search flooded mine shafts for 42 workers missing since Friday when a nearby river overflowed. Attempts to pump water out of the mine have been unsuccessful.

China's mines are the deadliest in the world, with thousands of miners killed each year. The recent series of deadly accidents.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.