At Least 23 Killed In Mine Disasters In Pakistan

At Least 23 Killed In Mine Disasters In Pakistan

At Least 23 Killed In Mine Disasters In Pakistan

A government official says a methane gas explosion in a coal mine has killed at least six miners in southwest Pakistan. The explosions were not linked.

Shortly before midday on Saturday, a build-up of methane caused an explosion and tunnel collapse at a mine in Marwaarh, east of Quetta, the capital of the fossil fuel-rich Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

The demonstration culminated with the adoption of a resolution by the participants, calling on Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to take suo motu notice of the mine accidents. "Some died on the spot, while others who were badly injured breathed their last under the rubble", Mr. Atique said.

Quetta Commissioner Javed Anwar Shahwani confirmed that 16 miners were killed in the Marwar mines. Their bodies were later recovered after hours-long rescue operation.

In another collapse incident in Sooranj area seven miners were killed.

Balochistan is the largest of Pakistan's four provinces by area but its roughly seven million people have long argued they do not get a fair share of its vast gas and mineral wealth. Mine explosions are common in the country with the PCMLF reporting the deaths of between 100 and 200 labourers every year.

Coal mining on its own is a risky job but in Pakistan, the odds against the miners have a higher percentage as regulations are not implemented.

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