An explosion of gas at a coal mine in Panzhihua, southwest China, has killed at least 19 miners and trapped 28 others. From the BBC:
The blast happened on Wednesday evening when about 150 miners were underground, city officials said.
By Thursday morning, more than 100 people had been rescued and taken to hospital, reports said.
Chinese state television said rescue teams had retrieved the bodies of 16 miners who died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Another three people died in hospital. ...
Accidents are frequent in China's mining industry, which is criticized for poor safety standards.
Official figures show that 1,973 people died in coal mining accidents in the country last year.
China has a coal problem. According to a report from May of this year, the country represents 48 percent of global coal consumption [PDF], with coal use growing rapidly.