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Report: Toll in China Coal Mine Blast 32

Rescuers work at the site of a coal mine explosion in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, Dec. 3, 2016.

Thirty-two people have died in an explosion in a coal mine in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to state media.

The explosion happened Saturday at the Baoma Mining Company in the city of Chifeng, Xinhua reports.

A gas explosion has been confirmed as the cause of the accident.

China has made great strides in improving mine safety in recent years, but its mines are still the deadliest in the world.

Accidents at Chinese mines routinely make national news and are often attributed to bosses who disregard safety standards in the quest for higher profits.

Official government figures put the annual number of mining-related deaths in China at less than 1,000, but rights groups say the numbers are underreported and are actually much higher.