Chinese authorities have sent rescuers to a gold mine in the country’s northeast where 22 workers are trapped underground following an explosion, state media reported on Tuesday, following a blast that happened on Sunday afternoon. Deutsche Welle reports that the explosion damaged the exit from the mine as well as the communication system, cutting off all contact with the trapped miners, while according to Al Jazeera rescue workers have so far been unable to contact the trapped miners. Mining accidents are quite common in China where the industry has a poor safety record and regulations are not properly enforced, with mines experiencing 170 fatal accidents leading to 316 deaths in 2019 alone.
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