At least 15 people have been confirmed dead and nine others injured after a coal mine exploded in north China’s Shanxi province.
According to official news agency Xinhua, the incident occurred on Monday afternoon in a mine owned by Shanxi Pingyao Fengyan Coal & Coke Group Co.
State media reports that 35 miners were working underground when the incident occurred, but 11 miners were able to escape the blast, adding that the injured miners were in a stable condition.
An official at the Shanxi Administration of Coal Mine Safety, Shen Xuping reportedly said the accident was caused by activity that “broke the law and regulations,” although investigations are still ongoing.
In China, deadly mining accidents are not uncommon as a result of poor safety record by industries.
In December 2016, at least 59 people died after two separate coal mines in the Inner Mongolia region and in northeastern Heilongjiang province exploded. Two years after, seven miners were killed in southwestern Chongqing municipality after the connecting segment of a mining skip broke and fell down a mine shaft.