At least 21 people have been killed after the roof of a coal mine collapsed in northern China. As per reports, a total of 87 people were working underground in the Shaanxi province mine at the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon, according to official news agency Xinhua, citing local authorities.
On Sunday morning, rescuers were searching two remaining trapped miners who were found dead, while another 66 miners were safely evacuated from the mine.
Video: Search for two trapped miners is underway after a roof collapsed, killing at least 19 miners at a coal mine in NW China's Shaanxi Province on Saturday pic.twitter.com/FRckcytRkA— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 13, 2019
The cause of the accident at the site, run by privately owned Baiji Mining, is still under investigation. However, Private coal mines in China typically take fewer safety precautions than larger state-owned mines.
In December last year, seven miners were killed and three others injured in an accident at a coal mine in China's south west.