Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Gas explosion kills 6 miners in southwest Pakistan

Gas explosion kills 6 miners in southwest Pakistan

At least 23 miners have been killed in two separate accidents in Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.

Seven other labourers perished in another incident caused by a mudslide in a mine in the Surrange area, some 60 kilometres east of Quetta.

Now rescue is trying to find other people who could be under the rubble.

Officials said the blast was caused by a build-up of methane gas.

"The bodies of 16 miners have been recovered and sent to the victims' native area in Shangla, Swat district", said Ataullah, director of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

"There were no arrangement inside the mine, including air ventilation", Akhterzada, an injured coal miner told Al Jazeera.

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Seven miners were killed after a mine collapsed in similar circumstances at Spin Carez.

Six people were rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment, and rescuers were still looking Saturday night for one person believed trapped in the mine, officials said.

According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF), about 100 to 200 labourers die on average in coal mine accidents every year. But when rescue workers went deep inside the mine on Sunday, they found the five miners had also died.

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

A total of 43 workers died in 2011 when gas explosions triggered a collapse in another Balochistan colliery, also owned by the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation.

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