Beijing [China], May 8 : At least 18 workers were killed in a gas leak at a coal mine in China's Hunan province, local media reports said.
The incident happened on Sunday when miners were working in the shaft of the mine in Hunan province's Youxian County, Xinhua News agency reported.
Thirty-seven miners have been rescued in the incident. Six officials, including a deputy county chief, have been sacked after the incident. Coal mine accidents are frequent in the region as the mines lack enforcement of safety standards..