Explosions in mines in Pakistan: the death toll has risen

Explosions in mines in Pakistan: the death toll has risen

"23 miners were killed and another 11 were injured due to unrelated methane explosions at two mines in Pakistan", - stated in the message.

Senior government official Javed Anwar said eleven coal miners were also missing after Saturday's incident in Marghat village in the Baluchistan province.

The rescue operation continued till Sunday morning in which bodies of five more labourers were found from second damaged of the coalmine.

The mines are near the southwestern city of Quetta, an area where such accidents are common because of poor enforcement of safety regulations.

The Marwar coalfields are some 60 kilometers east of the Baluchistan capital, Quetta.

"Some died on the spot, while others who were badly injured breathed their last under the rubble", Atique said.

Rescue officials said a dozen of the dead miners belonged to Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Chief of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Muhammad Tariq also confirmed that 16 miners had been killed. On Saturday night, two unconscious workers were rescued and bodies of two miners were recovered. Seven people died and two were wounded.

Around three hours later, a mine 25 kilometres (16 miles) to the west at Spin Carez collapsed in similar circumstances, killing seven of the nine miners inside.

The mines are mostly owned by state-run Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation, which leases many of them to private contractors. According to the Pakistan Mining Labour Federation, between 100 and 200 miners die in accidents annually.

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