Vastavam web: Two coal mines collapsed in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, killing at least 18 people and injuring six others while five miners remained trapped, officials said.A mine in Marwar area near provincial capital Quetta collapsed yesterday due to gas explosion and about two dozen miners were trapped inside.Deputy Commissioner, Quetta, Farrukh Atique told PTI that 16 people have died in the collapse.
“We have recovered all the 16 bodies from the rubble caused by the collapse in the coal mine,” Atique said.Rescue officials said a dozen of the dead miners belonged to Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”The collapse apparently took place because of a gas explosion and the miners working at that time were trapped inside. Some died on the spot, while others who were badly injured breathed their last under the rubble,” Atique said.
Chief of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Muhammad Tariq also confirmed that 16 miners had been killed.He said the rescue workers recovered two dead bodies and two injured miners, while efforts were on to recover another five workers who remain trapped.Mining is considered highly dangerous in Pakistan where dozens of miners are killed each year due to lack of modern mining facilities, training and equipment.
According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF), about 100 to 200 labourers die on average in coal mine accidents every year.