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Coal mine fire claims 16 lives in southern China despite industry safety improvements – Magazine Creations

A fire at a coal mine in southern China killed 16 people on Sunday, local authorities said.

The fire broke out at the Shanjiaoshu coal mine in Panguan, a city in Guizhou province.

An initial investigation showed that the people who died were trapped after a conveyor belt caught fire, the Panzhou city government said in a statement posted on social media.

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A fire at a coal mine in southern China’s Guizhou province killed 16 people on Sunday. (Fox News)

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China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, still depends heavily on coal for electricity despite a massive expansion of its wind and solar capacity.

The country’s coal mining industry has improved safety conditions for workers in recent years, but deaths still occur.

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