Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Explosions at Pakistan mines kill over 20

Explosions at Pakistan mines kill over 20

In the latest unfortunate incident on Saturday, at least sixteen miners were killed and six others injured after a coalmine collapsed in Marwar area of Quetta.

Two bodies had been recovered and several injured labourers were evacuated on Saturday.

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

"We are trying our best to recover bodies but it will take time as a lot of them are buried very deep", Shahwani said.

"The bodies of 16 miners have been recovered and sent to the victims' native area in Shangla, Swat district", said Ataullah, director of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

It was not immediately clear if that was caused by the explosion.

Two workers were rescued in an unconscious state, while bodies of two miners were recovered last night, an official said.

They said lack of safety arrangements inside the two mines, including air ventilation, had caused the fatal incidents.

According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF), about 100 to 200 labourers die on average in coal mine accidents every year.

The accident took place in the Surran range coal field. Some labourers are reportedly still trapped under rubble of the mine, which collapsed due to a gas explosion.

There were 30 labourers inside the mine when the explosion occurred.

A total of 43 workers died in 2011 when gas explosions triggered a collapse in another Balochistan colliery, also owned by the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation.

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