Aug 5, 2010 10:30 PM by Alison Haynes

16 bodies recovered from China coal mine

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese state news agency is reporting that no
survivors have been found among the 16 miners trapped by a lethal
gas leak in a coal mine in central China four days ago.
The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that workers had
retrieved 16 bodies from the Sanyuandong Coal Mine in Dengfeng in
central China's Henan province.
It said that when the leak happened, 111 other miners scrambled
to safety, but that the 16 were trapped.
Calls to the Dengfeng government office ran unanswered early
In recent years, China has been trying to improve the safety of
its mining industry, the world's deadliest, but an unknown number
of illegal mines still exist to profit from the country's huge
appetite for power.

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