Balochistan: 7 coal miners trapped in Harnai

Hanif Tareen: 

At least 7 coal miners trapped inside a mine in Balochistan’s Harnai district on Monday. Deputy Commissioner Harnai, Sohail Anwar Hashmi said dead bodies of all 7 miners retrieved on Tuesday morning.

”Dead bodies severely burnt”

The dead bodies were severely burnt, Mr. Hashmi said. “Rescue teams made hectic efforts to recover trapped miners”, he said. Levies sources said the miners were working deep inside the coal mine when a portion of it suddenly collapsed. “There was a huge blast also”, miners in the area told this scribe via telephone.

Rescue operation underway at Tor Ghar Harnai for recovery of trapped miners: Photo provided by the author

Rescue operation underway

Rescue operation launched in the area to make sure recovery of the trapped miners, levies said. However, no miner survived. The incident happened in the Tor Ghar area of the Harnai district.
A technical team also dispatched from Quetta to assist the local rescue team in the area. “Technical team from Quetta reached Tor Ghar to recover the trapped miners”, Deputy Commissioner Harnai Sohail Anwar Hashmi said.

“Fire erupted inside coal mine”, DC Harnai 

This incident has come three days after six coal miners died when a mine collapsed in the Harnai district. “Fire erupted inside the mine that caused a delay in starting rescue operation”, Mr. Hashmi informed.

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.

Balochistan: 7 coal miners trapped in Harnai

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