A Tragedy in China

Explosion in Chifeng City kills 32

Chifeng rescue personnel carrying remains from the explosion.

Xinhua

Chifeng rescue personnel carrying remains from the explosion.

Ryan McFarlin

On December 4th, 2016, there was an explosion in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia in a coal mine. There was believed to be 181 workers, but at least 32 of the workers were killed in the explosion. The explosion was supposedly caused by gas, and is one of multiple to happen in the last few months. The most recent, besides this one, happened on October 31st in Chongqing, which killed 33. The director of the State Administration of Work Safety, Yang Huanning, said the safety officials of the mine had been suspended and he is currently conducting an investigation to determine who or what is officially responsible.

Any safety risks have to be removed and measures should be taken to stop major accidents from happening again.”

— Yang Huanning

This investigation is underway because of an inspection at a nearby mining town that revealed multiple safety violations. “Safety supervision should be strengthened,” Yang said. “Any safety risks have to be removed and measures should be taken to stop major accidents from happening again.”