Mine Collapses in China; 19 Missing, 6 Workers Located

BEIJING (AP) -

Chinese rescuers were working to pull out six workers and were searching for another 19 after a mine collapsed in the eastern province of Shandong on Friday, authorities said.

Four people were pulled to safety after the gypsum mine owned by Yurong Commercial and Trade Ltd. Co. caved in, according to a statement by the Pingyi county government.

Rescuers located six people trapped in the mine and were working to bring them to safety, the local authorities said, adding that another 19 were still missing.

Gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral that is widely used in construction.

The mine collapse comes just days after a landslide from a man-made pileup of construction waste in the southern city of Shenzhen killed one person and left another 75 missing and presumed dead.

China’s mines have long been the world’s deadliest, but safety improvements have reduced deaths in recent years.

Last year, 931 people were killed in mine accidents throughout China, drastically down from the year 2002, when nearly 7,000 miners were killed.