Coal mine explosion kills 7 in Pakistan
Iftikhar Ahmed, Balochistan chief inspector of mines, while confirming the death toll said that rescue operation was underway to recover the remaining trapped miners.
According to the police, the explosion happened on Sunday night in the Sanjdi mine located some 30 km from Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province.
Tahir Zafar Abbasi, deputy commissioner of Quetta, said the cause of the explosion has not be ascertained yet, adding that at least 13 miners were working in the mine at the depth of some 1,219 meters when the incident happened.
Eight to 10 rescuers were also fainted during the rescue operation and taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention, said Geo News.
Earlier media reports said that at least four laborers were killed and nine others injured in the incident, However, later officials confirmed that seven bodies have been retrieved from the coal mine debris and search for the others was underway.
Mines are notorious for poor safety standards and bad ventilation in Pakistan where dozens of miners are killed each year due to the lack of up-to-date mining facilities, training and modern equipment.
Earlier on May 6, at least 23 miners were killed and several others injured when two coal mines collapsed near Quetta city, according to local media reports. ■