Twin Mining Accidents Kill 23 In Pakistan

Death toll from coal mine accidents climbs to 23

Death toll from coal mine accidents climbs to 23

Another seven people died in a separate blast on Saturday, which also wounded two people.

The Marwar coalfields are some 60 kilometers east of the Baluchistan capital, Quetta.

In Quetta (Western Pakistan) there was a gas explosion in the mine, at least 23 miners were killed.

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Rescue teams are trying to find others still trapped in the rubble.

The roof caved in following the blast triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners, Deputy Commissioner Farrukh Atique said.

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. The rescue operation resumed this morning and bodies of remaining five labourers were recovered.

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"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. The mine owners must not only invest in proper lighting system in mines but also provide their workers proper equipment such as helmets, oxygen masks, safety glasses, gloves and torches attached to their bodies. All the injured miners were rescued and taken to the hospital.

The mines are mostly owned by state-run Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation, which leases many of them to private contractors.

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

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