Rescuers found the remains of two more miners killed in explosion at Dongfeng Coal Mine in northeast Heilongjiang Province, and the death toll went up to 166 as of 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Rescuers found the remains of two more miners killed in Sunday’s explosion at Dongfeng Coal Mine in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, and the death toll went up to 166 as of 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The killed includes 164 miners working underground and two other workers at the ground generator room, sources from the rescue headquarters said. Search is still going on for the remaining five miners missing.

The blast went off at 9:40 p.m. Sunday at the Dongfeng Coal Mine run by the Qitaihe branch of the Longmei Mining (Group) Co., Ltd. in Heilongjiang.

The latest figures show that 242 miners were working underground when the blast occurred and 73 have been saved, 48 of whom are being hospitalized.

Two yardmen and three safety inspectors are under control for duty dereliction that caused confusion in numbering miners, Longmei Mining (Group) Co., Ltd. said.

Source : en.chinabroadcast.cn