The accident is the deadliest reported so far this year in China’s coal industry, known for its poor safety record. State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of rescuers and ambulances gathered outside the coal mine.
It occurred at Baiji Mining Co Ltd’s Lijiagou mine in the city of Shenmu on Saturday, when 87 people were underground. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, which was the deadliest reported so far this year.
Sixty-six miners were rescued but 21 were trapped underground, it reported. Nineteen of the miners were confirmed dead at first while a search continued for the two missing miners; however, they were later found dead. On Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency said that Shanxi province, which borders Shaanxi, would also carry out inspections at high-risk coal mines.