23 dead in mine explosions

08 May, 2018, 02:19 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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At least 23 miners reportedly died Saturday at two mines in southwestern Pakistan.

The Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation says that up to 200 mine workers die on average in mine accidents every year.

Mine inspector Iftikhar Ahmed said Sunday that five more bodies have been recovered from one of the mines, bringing the death toll from the blast the day before to 16.

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

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The roof caved in following the blast triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners, Deputy Commissioner Farrukh Atique said. Authorities said the incidents were not linked, and that rescue operations had ended at both sites. On Saturday night, two unconscious workers were rescued and bodies of two miners were recovered.

The country has suffered many coal-mine disasters, a situation critics have blamed on poor safety measures.

According to local media, about 25 people were in the mine when the explosion occurred. Some labourers are reportedly still trapped under rubble of the mine, which collapsed due to a gas explosion.

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. It is much more hazardous than hard rock mining due to leakage or explosion of poisonous gases and coal dust, collapsing of mine stopes or malfunctioning mining equipment.

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