China gas blast kills 28
28 people have died after a gas blast at a coal mine in northeast China.
Safety officials have confirmed that 13 others were rescued after the accident at Babao Coal Mine in the city of Baishan in Jilin province.
The incident is the latest to damage the country’s poor safety record. The cause is still under investigation.
China’s mines are among the deadliest in the world because of lax regulation, corruption and inefficiency. Accidents are common as safety is often neglected by bosses seeking quick profits.
According to official figures, 1,973 people died in coal mining accidents in China in 2011.
Protesters have since alleged that the actual death toll is likely to be much higher, as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.