SHANGHAI,Sept.26th(CBI China) -- Although the Beijing Olympics have ended, the Central Government policy in banning initiating explosive devices for mines (explosives) during July and August due to the Olympics remains in force, and any approvals must be made by local security departments. The restrictions held over are likely kept in place for safety during the upcoming National Day Holiday. In addition, a mudslide in Shanxi province refocused attention from security departments at all levels, and safety management has been intensified. Most idled lead and zinc mines are not allowed to resume production until checked by security departments. Many mines cannot restart production in the short term as there is a backlog of inspections.
The mudslide occurred on September 16th at the Tashan Mine in Xiangfen county, Linfen city, Shanxi province. The accident resulted in 258 deaths and injuries to 34 additional people, and the direct cause of the tragedy was the illegal operation at unlicensed mines.
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