Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Death toll rises after Pakistan mine explosions

Death toll rises after Pakistan mine explosions

The blast in the Marwar coalfields in Baluchistan province was caused by a build-up of methane gas inside the mine, director of disaster management Attaullah Khan said.

"We've got 11 bodies", said Khan, adding that the bodies of five dead at that time remained in the mine.

Three hours later, a similar explosion ripped through a mine about 25 kilometres (16 miles) away, killing seven people and wounding two others. Rescue operations have been completed at both sites.

Marghat village is located near Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, where such incidents are common mainly because of poor safety measures. The explosions were not linked.

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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. Some labourers are reportedly still trapped under rubble of the mine, which collapsed due to a gas explosion. Two workers were rescued in an unconscious state, while bodies of two miners were recovered Saturday night.

In the other incident, at least nine miners were trapped in a coal mine Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) in the Sur-range field near Quetta, an official said.

Mining is considered highly risky in Pakistan where dozens of miners are killed each year due to lack of modern mining facilities, training and equipment. According to the Pakistan Mining Labour Federation, between 100 and 200 miners die in accidents annually.

Meanwhile, another coalmine collapsed in Sooranj area in which seven miners were killed.

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