At least 46 miners have been reported killed in an explosion at a coal mine in China's central province of Henan.
China's State Administration Of Work Safety is quoted as saying the blast early today hit a mine in Pingdingshan city.
China's mining industry is considered to be the least safe and deadliest in the world.
AP reports that accidents and explosions killed more than 2,600 coal miners last year in China.
compiled from agency reports