Rescue Efforts Suspended at Tibetan Mine Disaster

Landslides threaten rescue efforts at a Chinese-owned mine in Tibet.

The death toll in a Chinese-owned Tibetan owned mine emergency has risen to 36. Rescue efforts have been suspended as concerns of a possible landslide rise. Three thousand workers are now trying to recover the missing miners.

Eighty-three people at the copper mine in Tibet, owned by China Gold International Resources Corp., were buried after a landslide struck a workers’ camp on March 29.  Some rescue workers are reportedly using their bare hands to remove debris because damage to local roads has prevented the arrival of rescue machinery.  

This is the most recent in a string of Chinese mining deaths. In 2011, 1,973 employees were killed in mining accidents and 2,433 were killed in 2012.

China Gold International is a part of the state-owned China National Gold Group. 

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