Thirteen people were confirmed dead in a coal mine gas blast in Qujing, Yunnan province, early Monday, Xinhua reported, citing the local government.
The explosion erupted at around 12.30am at the private Hongtutian Coal Mine in Fuyuan county, the report said.
A total of 56 people were working in the pit, of whom 42 escaped uninjured, it said.
Rescuers had retrieved 13 bodies by 8am and were searching for one missing miner.
The county government said Hongtutian is properly licensed for operation.
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