Coal mine deaths climb to 23 near Quetta

Glen Norman
May 8, 2018

Three hours later, a similar explosion ripped through a mine about 25 kilometres (16 miles) away, killing seven people and wounding two others.

A mine in Marwar area near provincial capital Quetta collapsed on Saturday due to gas explosion and about two dozen miners were trapped inside.

The death toll in Saturday's incidents at two coal mines near here has risen to 23 as the bodies of five more victims have been recovered from the mine of the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) in Sur-range coal filed.

Local government official Jawaid Shahwani told AFP that 16 miners were killed, while nine others were taken to hospital.

"So far 16 dead bodies and six injured miners have been recovered from the mine", he said.

Attaullah Khan, Pakistan's director of disaster management, on May 5 said a blast caused by a buildup of methane gas in the Marwar coalfields in Balochistan Province led to the collapse of a mine, trapping many workers. Rescue operations have been completed at both sites.

The Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation says that up to 200 mine workers die on average in mine accidents every year.

He said the seven miners were working 3,400 feet deep inside the mine when the landslide occurred inside it, burying the seven, adding that the landslide might have been caused by some activity taking place under the mine.

As a result of explosions at two mines in Pakistan killed 23 people, reports Radio Liberty, writes the with reference to the UNN. Some labourers are reportedly still trapped under rubble of the mine, which collapsed due to a gas explosion.

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