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Apr 20, 2014 9:33 PM

13 dead in SW China coal mine gas blast

KUNMING, Xinhua - Thirteen people were confirmed dead in a coal mine gas explosion in southwest China's Yunnan Province early Monday, the local government said.

The accident happened at around 12:30 a.m. in a pit of Hongtutian Coal Mine in Fuyuan County in the city of Qujing, the county government said in a press release.

A total of 56 people were working in the pit, of whom 42 escaped without injuries and 14 were trapped, it said.

As of 8 a.m., rescuers had retrieved 13 dead bodies and were searching all-out for the missing miner.

The county government said Hongtutian is a private mine and is properly licensed for operation.

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