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Chinese Coal Mine Blast Kills 19, Traps Dozens



An explosion in a coal mine in southwest China has killed 19 people and left 28 trapped, reports Chinese news agency Xinhua.

According to state media, rescue efforts are still underway to rescue the remaining miners, reports BBC News.

The accident occurred Wednesday at around 6 p.m. at Xiojiawan Coal Mine in the province of Sichuan.

154 people were working underground when a gas explosion struck the mine (watch footage of the explosion below).

According to Xinhua, the mine belongs to Zhengjin Industrial and Trade Co., Ltd. in Panzhihua.

The owner of the mine has been taken into police custody and the authority launched an investigation.

Safety rules are often ignored in China, a country that has an estimated 12,000 coal mines. Last year, 1,973 people were killed in mining accidents.

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Migrant Lives

A Train Journey With Bengal Migrants Looking For A Living Far Away

Finding a seat on the Karmabhoomi Express is close to impossible. A closer look at why so many migrant workers travel on it, and out of Bengal, offers a grim picture.

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The Karmabhoomi Express runs from Kamakhya to Mumbai in a 3 day journey.

India Rail Info
Joydeep Sarkar

WEST BENGAL — Welcome aboard the 22512 Kamakhya-LTT Karmabhoomi Express — a metaphor, if any, of the acuteness of Bengal’s unemployment problem.

It is 10.28 pm at north Bengal’s Alipurduar Junction and the crowd has swollen to its peak. This is when the Karmabhoomi Express appears at the station. It is bound for Mumbai. Finding a seat on it is close to impossible. It is always chock full and there are always hundreds struggling to get a spot in the unreserved general compartment.

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