Chinese state media say at least 11 miners are dead and three are missing after a gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China.

The official Xinhua news agency says 16 miners were working in the Xingguang Coal Industry Co. mine in Shanxi province at the time of the blast on Monday.

Xinhua says rescuers have found two workers alive and recovered 11 bodies.  It says they are searching for three missing miners.

China's mining industry is the world's deadliest.  China says 3,200 miners died in accidents last year.

Government figures show that almost 80 percent of China's estimated 16,000 mines are illegal.


Some information for this report was provided by AP.