外文标题：Coal mine accident in far west China kills 16: Xinhua
SHANGHAI Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting the poor safety standards in the world's biggest coal producing country.
The accident occurred in the regional capital of Urumqi on Friday night when 33 workers were underground, the report said citing local officials.
Eleven workers were injured and six escaped, it added.
The report did not identify the name of the coal mine and said the cause of the accident is being investigated.
China's mines are the deadliest in the world because of lax enforcement of safety standards and a rush to feed demand from a robust economy. Twenty two workers were killed in a coal mine accident in southwestern China in June.
In an effort to eliminate outdated capacity and improve work safety, China plans to shut down over 2,000 small-scale coal mines by 2015.
pranav d sharma (Unknown)
China reports 16 killed means at least 160 dead ,, worst labour conditions in the communist nation to keep the cost low
Arabinda Datta ()
In the world's biggest coal producing country is maintaining poor safety standards, so accident is sure and certain.
Pandya Bhargav (Unknown)
Venkat Rao (Unknown)
Very sad incident Rest their sole in peace.
Rebel Thinker (Unknown)
so they are becoming developed but worst case for working condition
Safety stands in the coal mines should be strictly enforced given the high number of accidents
tanmay chakrabarti (Unknown)
Chinese mines are dangerous indeed.
Sarika Guindotra (Bhopal)
Why cant they mechanise these activities