by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) May 3, 2017
Twelve workers died following an explosion in a high-speed rail tunnel in southwestern China, state media said Wednesday, after rescuers spent over 14 hours searching the rubble for survivors.
The blast occurred after gas filled the tunnel, which was being bored in the province of Guizhou, leaving 12 injured and 12 trapped, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Over 2,000 rescue workers searched the tunnel for survivors before ending the operation at 4:45 am Wednesday morning, it said.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, the report said, adding that the tunnel was designed to pass through a coal seam.
The country has been on a high-speed rail building spree for over a decade, putting up over 17,000 kilometres (10,500 miles) of track at a rapid clip, raising concerns about corner-cutting.
Industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced.
In 2015, the country recorded 66,000 workplace deaths, according to the most recent government statistics.
Hong Kong (AFP) April 30, 2017
A multi-million dollar programme of events in Hong Kong will mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain, but critics say the show is out of step with political tensions. The large-scale celebrations come despite increased concerns over Beijing meddling in the semi-autonomous city and deep political divisions between Hong Kong's pro-democracy and pro-China ... read more
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