Sixteen killed in Pakistan coal mine collapse after gas explosion

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 6, 2018-

At least 16 miners were killed and nine others were injured when a coal mine collapsed afer a gas explosion in western Pakistan, media reports said.

The accident occurred in Marwaarh, 45 kilometres east of Quetta, Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

Teams have been sent in to try to recover the bodies of the victims, officials added.

Balochistan province is rich in minerals but its mines have a poor safety record.

"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," government official Jawaid Shahwani told AFP news agency from Quetta.

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

Most of the miners came from the same village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Shangla district, officials told Pakistan's Dawn newspaper.

A gas explosion at a Balochistan mine in 2011 killed more than 40 people.

Published: 06-05-2018 12:58

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