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Death toll at coal mine explosion in China rises to 87.

BEIJING, Nov. 22 Kyodo

At least 87 miners have been confirmed dead and 21 others remain trapped following a gas explosion in a coal mine in northeastern China early Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

Some 60 others were injured in the blast, which ripped through the Xinxing Coal Mine in Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province, around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Xinhua said. Fatalities could increase further.

Rescuers are still searching for the missing trapped inside a pit about 500 meters underground, according to the report.

The mining company has confirmed that 528 miners were working underground at the time of the explosion.

The mine is located over 400 kilometers east of the provincial capital Harbin.
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Publication:Asian Economic News
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Date:Nov 23, 2009
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