72 hours on, trapped coal miners are yet to be rescued in Harnai
Rescue workers outside the affected coal mine in Harnai: Photo provided by the author

Hanif Tareen :

HARNAI: Three trapped coal miners are yet to be reduced despite the passing of 72 hours in Balochistan’s Harnai district on Thursday. At least six coal miners were trapped inside a coal mine in the Zarghoon Ghar area of Harnai after a methane gas blast on March 22nd.

Three coal miners were rescued on the first day of the explosion. However, the rescue workers had failed to recover three coal miners. “Four rescue teams are making hectic efforts to recover trapped miners”, Sardar Rafique Tareen, Deputy Commissioner Harnai said. “Chances are bleak regarding the life of trapped miners”, Mr. Tareen stated.

Rescue operation underway in the night

Rescue teams from the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and Mines and Minerals Department have launched a combined rescue operation to rescue the trapped coal miners. Rescue workers from Quetta, the provincial capital had reached Harnai Zarghoon Ghar 10 hours after the occurrence of the incident.

“Trapped coal miners can be rescued by Friday”, Sardar Rafique Tareen expressed the hope. PDMA and Mines Department’s team are busy in the rescue operation in the night even, he added.

Resuce operation for third day

For the third consecutive day, rescue operation remained continued in the Zarghoon Ghar area of Harnai.


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