Last updated: 13 october, 2010 - 16:22 GMT

Trapped miners: The Chilean rescue is a rare exception

Chinese rescuers prepare to enter a mine near Hegang City in northeast China's Heilongjiang province on 21 November 2009, where an explosion killed at least 42 workers.

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Around the world, people have seen the heartwarming pictures of the trapped Chilean miners being reunited with their families.

However, such scenes are rare.

Every year, around the world, 10,000-20,000 miners are killed in accidents.

Sometimes they die in dramatic underground explosions, with more than a 100 people killed at one time.

But more often it is in small accidents in remote mines; people dying anonymously, away from any media attention.

China's government admits to more than 3,000 deaths in its mines each year, but many believe the number to be far higher, as the BBC's Paul Moss reports.

First broadcast 13 October 2010

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