Coal mine deaths climb to 23 near Quetta

Hannah Rogers
May 8, 2018

A separate accident in the northern part of the Balochistan region killed seven miners and injured two, government officials said.

Around three hours later, a mine 25 kilometres (16 miles) to the west at Spin Carez collapsed in similar circumstances, killing seven of the nine miners inside. Two workers were rescued in an unconscious state, while bodies of two miners were recovered Saturday night.

"We have recovered all the 16 bodies from the rubble caused by the collapse in the coal mine", Mr. Atique said. They were shifted to the Bolan Medical College Hospital's burn unit and four of them, who had suffered serious injuries, had been admitted there.

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"Rescuers retrieved five more bodies from this mine", he said.

It was not immediately clear if that was caused by the explosion. However, they faced difficulties as the mouth of the mine had been blocked by a boulder after the blast. According to Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF), about 100 to 200 labourers die on average in coalmine accidents every year. 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. At least 15 more miners were injured in the two incidents. The resolution demanded Rs2 million compensation for each victim of the incidents.

"The collapse apparently took place because of a gas explosion and the miners working at that time were trapped inside".

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