BEIJING – China reports an explosion tore through a coal mine in Inner Mongolia, leaving 25 workers trapped. Rescuers, meanwhile, are rushing to save another 11 in a shaft hundreds of miles south.
The official Xinhua News Agency says Monday's explosion initially trapped 33 miners, but that eight were rescued.
In the other incident, 11 workers were trapped after an explosion ripped through a mine in the central province of Hunan.
China's coal mines are the world's deadliest. Every year, thousands of miners are killed in fires, floods and explosions despite ongoing efforts by the government to improve safety.