Apr 20, 2014 9:33 PM
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.