Four killed in Vietnam coal mine accident

By Le Tan   April 2, 2024 | 11:48 pm PT
Four killed in Vietnam coal mine accident
Authorities discuss solutions to rescue miners from a coal shaft in Quang Ninh Province, April 3, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Yen
Four miners died Wednesday after inhaling toxic fumes from a fire in a coal shaft in the northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam's coal kingdom.

The accident took place 20 minutes past Tuesday midnight at a mine shaft operated by Thong Nhat Coal under the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Co. Ltd (Vinacomin).

According to the provincial authorities, there was a blast that was initially caused by a methanol fire.

Four workers suffocated due to the deadly gas released after the incident early Wednesday, with seven others also injured.

The four victims are all male, Tran Van Bao, 35, Nguyen Thanh Luan, 37, Ta Van Nham, 34, and Le Van Huyen, 33.

The bodies have been recovered, with local authorities and Vinacomin pledging financial support of VND60 million (US$2,400) to each of the victims' families.

The injured are being treated at a nearby hospital.

Deadly mining accidents are not infrequent in Vietnam, which despite ramping up its green credentials still relies heavily on coal-fired power plants.

Accidents claimed at least 10 workers' lives at Vietnam's state-run coal and mining group last year, local reports said.

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