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Death toll from NE China colliery explosion rises to 107

2009-11-25 06:23:21 GMT2009-11-25 14:23:21 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A rescuer works at the Xinxing Coal Mine in Hegang of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Nov. 25, 2009.(Xinhua/Wang Song)

Office workers file the pension-related documents at the Xinxing Coal Mine in Hegang of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Nov. 25, 2009. The death toll of the coal mine blast rises to 107 after one more body was retrieved from shaft Wednesday noon. (Xinhua/Wang Song)

An office worker files the pension-related documents at the Xinxing Coal Mine in Hegang of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Nov. 25, 2009. (Xinhua/Wang Song)

Rescuers work at the Xinxing Coal Mine in Hegang of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Nov. 25, 2009.(Xinhua/Wang Song)

Rescuers run to the blast site at the Xinxing Coal Mine in Hegang of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Nov. 25, 2009.(Xinhua/Wang Song)

HEGANG, Heilongjiang, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- One more body was retrieved from shaft Wednesday noon, bringing the death toll of the deadly coal mine blast in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province to 107, local authorities said Wednesday afternoon.

Rescuers continue to search for the last one still trapped underground.

The blast happened at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the Xinxing Coal Mine under the state-owned Heilongjiang Longmei Mining Holding Group's subsidiary in Hegang City. A total of 528 miners were working underground when the blast happened, and 420 escaped from the scene.

Safety officials and investigators have blamed poor management and inadequate safety precautions for the coal mine blast.

Families of two dead miners received compensations from the Longmei Group Wednesday.

Father of 27-year-old victim Duan Debo and mother of 25-year-old Jiang Yongwei got 338,300 yuan (nearly 50,000 U.S. dollars) and 342,100 yuan each after signing legal documents.

Longmei group will pay a total of 40 million yuan in compensation to the families of the victims.

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