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Round-up of fatal coal mining accidents in China since 2004

According to the latest official statistics, there were almost 3,200 people killed in Chinese coal mines in 2008 and some 3,800 others the year before, though labour groups say the actual figure could be much higher.

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According to the latest official statistics, there were almost 3,200 people killed in Chinese coal mines in 2008 and some 3,800 in 2007. Independent labour groups say the actual figure could be much higher, as many accidents are covered up in order to avoid costly mine shutdowns.
   

Here are the main fatal accidents in the last five years:

November 21, 2009: An explosion in a coal mine in Heilongjiang province leaves at least 42 workers dead.

September 8, 2009: At least 54 die in a mine explosion in Pingdingshan, Henan.

February 22, 2009: At least 74 miners die in an explosion in a mine in Shanxi.

December 6, 2007: An explosion kills 105 in a mine close to the town of Linfen in Shanxi province.

November 27, 2005: At least 51 miners are killed and 100 'reported missing' after an explosion in a mine in north-eastern Heilongjiang province.

August 7, 2005: A mine in southern Guangdong is flooded, killing 123 miners.

July 11, 2005: An explosion in a coal mine in north-western Xinjiang province leaves at least 81 dead.

March 19, 2005: 69 people are killed in an explosion in two mines near Shanxi.

February 14, 2005: 213 miners perish after an explosion in a mine in Fuxin, north-eastern Liaoning province.

November 28, 2004: 166 die after an explosion in a coal mine in Chenjiashan, Shanxi.

November 20, 2004: A fire in an iron mine in northern Hebei province spreads to four other mines and 68 miners are killed.

October 20, 2004: An explosion leaves 148 dead in a coal mine in Daping, central Henan province.
 

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