6 dead in Vietnam coal mine explosion

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Rescuers at the site of a coal mine where a gas explosion killed at least 6 workers in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Jan 16 / PHOTO COURTESY OF QUANG NINH NEWSPAPER

At least six workers were killed by what appears to have been a gas explosion at a coal mine in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Thursday morning.

According to the Vietnam Coal Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited, the accident happened at a coal mine run by its member Dong Vong Coal Co., Ltd in Uong Bi Town.

All six of the victims' bodies have been retrieved.

But a fire sparked by the explosion is still blazing, the company reported, adding that rescue efforts are underway.

Initial investigations showed that the accident was caused by a gas explosion, according to authorities.

Related agencies are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Since last year, 36 coal workers have been killed by mine accidents in Vietnam, according to Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper.

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