BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- China's State Council ordered a crackdown on
the dishonest reporting of coal mine accidents in a notice circulated on
"Dishonest reporting of mine accidents not only violates laws and regulations, but also loses time in rescue operations, which could cause greater
losses," said the notice.
"Some (mine owners) purposely cover up the truth by damaging the accident
sites," it said.
Since the start of February, dishonest reporting has occurred in four coal
mine accidents, in central China's Henan and Shanxi Provinces and in northeast
China's Liaoning Province, in which 66 people died in total.
The State Council called for harsher punishments for those who make false
reports or flee and hide after an accident.
It also called for closer investigation of all work accidents and harsher
punishments for those responsible.
The State Council encouraged a wider range of supervision from the public
and media and better protection for informants.
Fifty-one people died and 32 are missing after accidents in China's coal
mines from March 19 to 25, a rise of 39 dead or missing from the same period
The latest coal mine blast occurred in Shanxi Province on Wednesday,
killing at least 26 people.
China's coal mine accidents increase alarmingly in January
BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The number of coal
mine accidents in January was up 34.5 percent on the same month last year,
according to a statement released by the State Administration of Work Safety on
Fatalities in coal mine accidents in the first month also soared 38.7
percent. The administration reported 15 "serious accidents" which resulted in 96
deaths in January.