Quetta Coalmine Explosion: 16 Killed, 9 Injured, More Than a Dozen Trapped

May 5, 2018 (BE2C2) — A coalmine explosion on Saturday killed at least 16 labors and injured several others in Quetta, with over a dozen still trapped, officials said.

Sixteen miners were killed and nine others were wounded when a coal mine collapsed due after methane gas triggered underground blast.

The accident occurred in Marwaarh, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Quetta, which is the capital of oil and gas-rich Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

“The roof caved in following an explosion triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners and wounding nine others, two of them seriously”, Jawaid Shahwani, the top government official in Quetta, told AFP.

Shahwani said 25 workers were inside the mine when the explosion occurred, adding that all the injured miners had been rescued and taken to hospital.

“We are trying our best to recover bodies but it will take time as most of the bodies are buried very deep”, he said.

Personnel of Frontier Corps, Levies and Quick Response Force were also on the spot to recover the trapped miners.

Most of the miners came from the same village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district, officials told local daily Dawn.

Accidents are frequent in the province’s mines and are mainly due to inadequate safety measures.

According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labor Federation (PCMLF), between 100 and 200 labourers die on average in coalmine accidents every year. At least 11 miners died during two such incidents in mines of Darra Adam Khel and Jhelum last month.

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

Balochistan is the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces with vast gas and mineral wealth.

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