Pakistan coal mine blast kills 23 near Quetta

Aaron Brown
May 7, 2018

Pakistan's Mineral Development Corporation leases many of them to private contractors.

Officials said Sunday the death toll from twin explosions in neighboring mines near Quetta had reached 23.

The seven victims were identified as Munawwar Khan, Sher Baz, Khan Badshah, Abdul Hakeem, Faizullah, Gul Fareeduddin and Muhammad Ibrahim.

In one incident, 16 miners were killed after a methane gas explosion caused the roof of the mine to collapse.

"So far 16 dead bodies and six injured miners have been recovered from the mine", he said.

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Provincial mines minister Saleh Baloch told AFP that all miners in both accidents had been accounted for and rescue operations had ended.

At least 43 workers were killed in March 2011 when explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in Balochistan.

"We have retrieved 11 bodies", said Khan, who added that five other bodies were still in the mine. However, they faced difficulties as the mouth of the mine had been blocked by a boulder after the blast.

Seven other labourers perished in another incident caused by a mudslide in a mine in the Surrange area, some 60 kilometres east of Quetta. The protesters also demanded Rs2 million should be given to the bereaved families of the coalminers. Most of the workers lose their lives in Shangla district, Pakistan's leading contributor of poor workers to the mining industry where safety measures lead from the bottom.

There were 30 labourers inside the mine when the explosion occurred.

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