Six killed, 13 trapped in Pakistan coal mine explosion
Islamabad, At least six miners have been killed with over a dozen more trapped after a gas explosion inside a coal mine in south western Balochistan's Sanjadi area, local media reported Monday.
According to Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), rescue workers have so far recovered the bodies of six miners with efforts underway to save the others trapped inside the coal mine.
Balochistan's Chief Inspector of Mines Iftikhar Ahmed is present at the site to monitor the rescue efforts.
Alauddin Marri, the caretaker chief minister for Balochistan has expressed his sadness at the unfortunate incident.
Marri said he has advised authorities to make every possible effort to extract the colliers from inside the tunnel.
It was unclear what caused the explosion in the Sanjadi mine, situated 70 kilometres away from Quetta. The pit workers were in a tunnel at a depth of some 4,000 feet.
Accidents, especially those with fatalities, in Pakistan's coalmines are becoming commonplace, highlighting the need for better labour protections.
Numerous workers have lost their lives or suffered a physical disability in incidents in the mines.
On June 3, four labourers died after getting trapped under the debris following a gas explosion in a mine in the same area, Sanjadi.
Prior to that, on May 6, at least 23 miners were killed when two coal mines collapsed near Quetta. The first accident had occurred in Marwaarh, 45 kilometers east of Quetta due to a gas explosion.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA