Coal mine explosion kills 5 miners and 5 rescued in Sara Ghurgai Quetta
File Photo: Rescue operation underway at Tor Ghar Harnai for recovery of trapped miners: Photo provided by the author

Coal mine blast: 6 miners trapped in Marwar Quetta

Ibrar Ahmed, Hussain Zarkoon :

At least 6 coal miners were trapped in the Marwar area of Quetta district after a methane gas explosion inside a mine. Sources of the mines and mineral department told Quetta Voice that rescue workers rescued 4 coal miners.

They all have suffered burn injuries, they said. The injured miners shifted to the burn unit of the Bolan Medical Complex Hospital for medical treatment. “All four admitted to the burn war”, a doctor in the BMC hospital informed. However, a rescue operation is still underway to recover the remaining two trapped coal miners.

A coal miner dies in Duki 

Duki: A coal miner died inside a mine on Sunday afternoon. Levies sources said a landslide hit a coal miner deep inside the mine killing him on the spot. The victim identified as Shams ur Rehman, a resident of the Swat area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The dead body of the victim moved towards his native village from Duki.

Hazardous working conditions

In Balochistan, hundreds of coal miners have lost their lives inside coal mines as a result of hazardous working conditions. However, armed accused have also targeted the coal miners in the past.

Poverty-hit people from Swat, Shangla, Afghanistan and the Toba Kakari area of Balochistan have been working in coal mines of Balochistan for years. The poorly-paid coal mine workers have been extracting coal, which is called black-gold in Balochistan at the cost of their lives.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.