Quetta: 7 coal miners trapped in Marwar

Miners were working deep inside the mine when it collapsed

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Quetta: 7 coal miners trapped in Marwar

Staff Reporter : 

At least seven coal miners trapped when a portion of the mine collapsed in the Marwar area of Quetta district. The miners were working deep inside the mine when the mine filled with methane gas, sources in the mines and mineral department said. Methane gas triggered a blast that caused the collapse of a portion of mine. So far, rescue workers have retrieved the dead body of one coal miner, Naseer Nasar, the Director-General Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said. He however said two miners rescued alive and a rescue operation was still going on for recovery of the remaining miners.

A rescue operation is underway to ensure the unhurt recovery of trapped miners, they said. Technical teams dispatched from Quetta city to recover the trapped miners. “We are making hectic efforts to recover trapped miners”, Shafqat Fayyaz, the Chief Inspector Mines said.

Coal miners were working 700 to 800 square feet in depth 

The miners were working 700 to 800 square feet in depth when the incident happened, Mr. Fayyaz said. Marwar is located on the Eastern outskirt of the Quetta district. The area houses hundreds of coal mines and rich coal reservoirs.

Hazardous working conditions claiming precious human lives 

Hazardous working conditions have claimed thousands of precious human lives inside coal mines of Balochistan, which houses rich-coal reservoirs. Almost with no safety, the miners enter into mines in the morning and extract coal for a whole day. Fortunate are those who come out alive in the evening. As per the 1923 mines act, the inspector of mines is bound to inspect the mine in the morning prior to the entry of miners. Similarly, children, minor boys, and women are not allowed to step inside the mine according to the act.

Quetta: 7 coal miners trapped in Marwar

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