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May 2004
Date Mine Name Location Accident Type Dead Missing1
9 Unnamed Coal mine Guangdong Explosion 2 3
11 Futong Colliery Guangdong Cave-in 0 3
14 Xinxing Coal Mine Heilongjiang Explosion 12 0
14 Shuangfa Coal Mine Jiangxi Explosion 8 0
18 Shuozhou City Coal Mine Shanxi Fire 4 10
18 Luliang City Coal Mine Shanxi Explosion 27 6
19 Wangjiashan Coal Mine Gansu Cave-in 1 0
19 Shuangyashan Coal Mine Gansu Asphyxiation 3 0
Two miners went to the shaft without permission at 9:00 a.m. Sunday and were poisoned by the gas.  On learning the accident, deputy head of the coal mine rushed to the shaft to help the two miners, but also was poisoned.  All the three miners were found dead later.
23 Xinyuan Coal Mine Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region H2O Inundation 13 2
23 Wutao Coal Mine Gansu H2O Inundation 0 17
1 Missing miners remain listed for incidents where no follow-up news report was provided.