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Victims of Chinese mine disasters get compensation

Published by MAC on 2012-01-16
Source: Xinhua (2012-01-05)

Families of nine victims of a mine disaster in Yunnan Province are to receive around US$124,000 each, as compensation for a "coal collapse" on January 3rd this year.

China's top gold mining company, Zijin, has also agreed to pay a total of just over half a million US dollars to 21 plaintiffs, relatives of one of the worst tailings dam disasters in recent years.

Victims' families to get 780,000 yuan in compensation in coal collapse in SW China

Xinhua

5 January 2012

KUNMING -- A coal mine yard in southwest Yunnan Province has reached a compensation agreement with the victims' families over an accident that killed nine on Tuesday, local authorities said Thursday.

Each family of the victims will be paid 780,000 yuan (124,000 U.S. dollars) by the Pingqingdui Coal Yard as one-off compensation, said a spokesman with the Fuyuan county government in the city of Qujing.

A coal collapse buried 11 workers at the coal yard in the township of Shibalianshan at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The 11 were eventually pulled out of the heap, but nine died while on the way to the hospital. The other two suffered injuries but not life threatening, and one has already been discharged from the hospital, according to the spokesman.

Days of rain and snow had increased the humidity of the coal and reduced its friction, which may have caused the accident, the spokesman said.

Editor:Zhang Yi


Mining Company Settles with Dam Collapse Victims

Xinhua

27 December 2011

Xinyi Zijin Mining Co., Ltd., subsidiary of China's top gold producer Zijin Mining, reached a settlement Tuesday with the victims of a dam collapse near a tin mine that killed 22 people last year.

Xinyi Zijin agreed to pay over 3.26 million yuan (515,358 U.S. dollars) to the 21 plaintiffs from five lawsuits. The plaintiffs are relatives of five deceased people, according to the settlement.

Xinyi Zijin was found responsible for the fatal dam collapse in Xinyi City of Guangdong Province on Sept. 21, 2010, due to safety and construction violations, which were aggravated by a typhoon.

Chen Xiaoning, general manager of Xinyi Zijin, said in court that the company was "sorry for what happened and would like to reach a settlement with the plaintiffs."

Zijin Mining said it backed Xinyi Zijin to settle claims made by the victims.

The dam breach left 523 houses destroyed and 815 damaged, according to an official investigation.

A total of 2,499 lawsuits have been filed against Xinyi Zijin with a total compensation demand of over 340 million yuan, the Xinyi city people's court said.

The court sessions of the remaining 2,494 lawsuits will open later, the court said.

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