The death toll in a Chinese coal mine explosion rose to 164 Thursday with seven missing but rescuers were still unsure how many workers were underground during the accident, highlighting the disorganized state of the country's disaster-plagued industry. Rescuers were still combing the debris at the Dongfeng Coal Mine in northeastern Heilongjiang province for more bodies and at least seven people were still missing, China's Xinhua News Agency said. Hope was fading fast for their survival, it said
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