Gas explosion kills 33 Chinese miners

Rescuers teams at Jinshangou Coal Mine in Chongqing, southwest China.

Story highlights

  • Two miners managed to get out following the gas explosion
  • 598 people died in mining accidents last year, official figures show

(CNN)Dozens of miners are confirmed dead after a gas explosion at a coal mine in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

The explosion happened at about 11:30 a.m. Monday (11.30 p.m. Sunday ET) at the privately-owned Jinshangou Coal Mine in Laisu town in Chongqing's Yongchuan district, Xinhua reported.
    In the early hours of Wednesday, the bodies of 15 missing miners were found, taking the total death toll to 33.
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    Two of the 35 miners underground at the time managed to escape, according to a statement posted to the Chongqing press office's official Weibo social media page.
    More than 200 rescue workers, including firefighters, police and rescue specialists were sent to the site to try to locate the missin