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China confirmed all 33 miners are dead

China confirmed all 33 miners are deadAll 33 miners trapped in a coal mine in China by an explosion have been found dead, BBC reported on Wednesday.

Rescuers had been working round the clock to reach the miners since the blast on Monday morning in the south-west Chongqing region.

In the early hours of Wednesday, the bodies of 15 missing miners were found, taking the total death toll to 33.

The People's Daily newspaper said all the bodies had been pulled out of the Jinshangou mine and were being identified. Two miners escaped alive.

The cause of the explosion is not clear, but such incidents are usually caused by a spark igniting gas released from the earth. The investigation was launched by local authorities.

Chongqing's coal mine safety inspection bureau has ordered all coal mines in the municipality to halt production pending safety inspections, it reported.
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