SHANGHAI, Jul. 1 (SMM) - Five people died and another two are missing following a fire at Inner Mongolia’s Rongda Mining in Hulunbuir on June 23. SMM has confirmed that mining operations have been brought to a halt citywide in its wake.
According to the Inner Mongolian Work Safely Administration, the fire broke out at around 13: 00 on June 23 at a mine run by Rongda Mining in the New Barag Right Banner part of Hulunbuir.
Rongda Mining is a state-owned mining company subsidiary of the Yunnan Metallurgical Group. The fire happened in the No. 3 section of its Jiawula lead/zinc deposit. SMM has confirmed that the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
The company is undergoing an internal audit, per regulations, and will only be able to resume production with the approval of Work Safety Administration. Rongda’s dressing operations, however, remain unaffected.