外文标题：Gas explosion at Chinese coal mine traps 22 workers
BEIJING: A gas explosion on Friday trapped 22 workers underground in a coal mine in western China.
The blast at a coal mine in Changji prefecture occurred at 1:26am local time Friday when 34 miners were working, the prefecture's government news office.
Twelve miners were able to scramble to safety but 22 others remained trapped, the news office of the prefecture in Xinjiang region said on its official microblog.
China News Service reported that rescuers were searching for the trapped miners and that it was unclear whether there were injuries or fatalities among them.
Such accidents are usually caused by a failure to ventilate methane gas from the shaft. China's mines, which are the deadliest in the world, suffer frequent explosions, floods and cave-ins.
Safety improvements have reduced the number deaths in recent years, but regulations are still often ignored.
In China, the incidence of mine accidents is high comparatively, wonder why they are not able to address the problem and take remedial measures, to save valuable human lives.
Karthigesu Arinesali (London)
These are occupational hazards. We hope all the workmen would be safe.
Narotam Bansal (Unknown)
a bad news..
RMW INDIA (NAVI MUMBAI)
So sad china to be geared up for calamities in mines, there is a news every fortnight about mine accident !!!!!!!!!!
rajat.hooja Hooja (New Delhi)
awww, poor People's Republic of China
UTPAL CHAUDHURI (Unknown)
authority should be more careful about the poor people
Hussain Khamis (Unknown)
Would be wrong report, might be figure would be 2 or 220
China is playing with nature, he has to face these music of nature.