Sixteen killed in coal mine collapse in southwest Pakistan

Blanche Robertson
May 6, 2018

All the victims were hospitalized. The rescue operation resumed this morning and bodies of remaining five labourers were recovered.

Deputy Commissioner Quetta Dr Farrukh Atique and other officials from the provincial disaster management authority reached the site of the incident and supervised rescue efforts. Rescue work was in process, Chief Inspector of Mines Iftikhar Ahmad said.

Personnel of Frontier Corps, Levies and Quick Response Force rescued the trapped miners in an unconscious state and shifted them to local hospitals.

Two coalmines collapsed in Quetta on Saturday killing at least 18 labourers and injuring several others.

Initial reports suggested more than a dozen miners were trapped when a gas explosion led to the mine's collapse.

Shahwani said 25 workers were inside the mine when the explosion occurred, adding that all the injured miners had been rescued and taken to hospital.

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Most of the miners came from the same village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Shangla district, officials told Pakistan's Dawn newspaper.

Separately, nine workers were reportedly trapped in another mine due to gas suffocation at a mine of Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation in Quetta, rescue sources said.

The mines are located near the southwestern city of Quetta, an area where such accidents are common because of poor enforcement of safety regulations. Seven people died and two were wounded.

According to the official, overall, seven people were killed and two others sustained serious injuries in the incident in Margit area.

Earlier this week, six labourers working on network installation for a private telecommunication company were shot dead by unidentified men in Kharan district.

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