Death toll in China coal mine accident rises to 21

SHENMU, Jan. 13, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Jan. 13, 2019 shows the Lijiagou coal mine of the Baiji Mining Co., Ltd. in Shenmu City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The death toll in a coal mine roof collapse in Shaanxi Province has risen to 21, as rescuers found another two trapped miners dead Sunday morning. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lijiagou coal mine in Shenmu City. At that time, 87 people were working underground. Sixty-six of them were lifted to safety after the accident. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

Beijing,  The death toll in the coal mine roof collapse in China’s Shaanxi Province has risen to 21 as rescuers found dead bodies of the other two trapped miners on Sunday, authorities said.

The accident happened around 4.30 p.m. on Saturday at the Lijiagou coal mine of the Baiji Mining Co. Ltd. in the city of Shenmu, Xinhua news agency reported.

At the time of the accident, 87 persons were working underground. 66 of them were lifted to safety.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.