Four people were killed, while nine others went missing after a coal mine accident took place in China’s Guizhou province, authorities said on Tuesday. Rescue operations to find the missing people is underway.
The incident was reported at around 9:10 pm on Monday at the Zimujia coal mine in Panzhou city.
Coal mines are the main source of energy in the country and have witnessed a high rate of accident. Chinese mines are among the most dangerous in the world, although the number of fatal accidents has fallen significantly in recent years.
219 accidents related to Chinese coal mines with 375 deaths were reported in 2017.
A drop of 28.7 per cent on the death toll of 2016 and 20 times lower than the figure recorded during the early 2000s, when up to 7,000 people fell victim to mine accidents each year.