20 people are trapped after mine accident in China

20 people are trapped after mine accident in China13 people were killed and another 20 remain unaccounted for after an explosion in a coal mine in China, Xinhua reported.

The gas explosion happened on Monday morning at a privately owned mine Jinshangou in the southwestern Chongqing region. The accident happened when 35 miners were working. Two of them managed to escape unharmed.

20 miners are believed to still be trapped and the searches for them continue. According to Xinhua, more than 200 rescue workers were at the rural mine near the city of Chongqing, looking for any survivors.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the accident. Local authorities also ordered smaller coal mines in the region to close temporarily.

"We are still working all-out to search for the 20 missing miners, and will exert our utmost as long as there's still a ray of hope," Chongqing Deputy Mayor Ma Huaping said of the Jinshangou explosion.

Mine accidents are common in China, despite efforts to improve safety.

China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal. The Jinshangou mine is licensed to produce 60,000 tonnes of coal a year, local media said.
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