At least two killed, 50 missing after China mine collapse

At least two people have died and more than 50 are missing after a mine collapsed in northern China, the BBC reports.

President Xi Jinping has ordered a search and rescue mission following the collapse at around 17:13 local time (09:13 GMT) on Wednesday.

More than 200 rescue workers have been dispatched to the scene and one person has been pulled out alive so far, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The mine is located Alxa League, in China’s Inner Mongolia region.

State broadcaster CCTV said a collapse had occurred in a shaft operated by Xinjing Coal Mining Company.

Mines in Inner Mongolia are some of China’s top coal producers.

Mining accidents are not uncommon in China, where the industry safety regulations can be poorly enforced. In December 2020, 23 miners died after a carbon monoxide leak at a coal mine.

And in January 2021, 10 miners were killed in a blast at a gold mine in Shandong province.

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