File Photo: Scores of people gathered outside a coal mine where 2 miners were trapped in Dukki: Photo provided by the author

Hussain Zarkoon, Syed Ali Shah:


Rescue operation remained continued for the 17th consecutive day to recover two trapped coal miners from a mine in Balochistan’s Dukki district on Wednesday. Two hapless coal miners were trapped inside a mine on May 4 when rainy water suddenly entered a coal mine in Dukki.

“Rescue operation is still underway for the last 17 days”, Syed Saboor Agha, the District Police Officer (DPO) Dukki said. He said rescue workers were still unable to recover the trapped miners.

“Chances of their lives are bleak”

“Chances of their lives are bleak”, Mr. Agha said. Scores of coal miners and relatives of the miners have been waiting outside the mine for the recovery of the trapped miners. “There are no trained rescue workers”, Peer Muhammad Kakar, the central leader of the mines association said.

Mr. Kakar lashed out at the coal mines owners and mines and mineral department for what he called their negligence. “Poor working conditions for miners”, he lamented.

The family members of the trapped miners have been suffering through a dumb agony for the last 17 days. They have been passing sleepless nights, Raz Muhammad, one of the coal miners narrated the ordeal of the broken families.

No serious notice taken by the Balochistan government so far

So far, the high ups in the Balochistan government have not taken any keen interest to ensure the unhurt recovery of the trapped miners. “Where is our government, they should provide trained rescue workers”, Raz Muhammad demanded.

Poor working conditions claiming precious human lives in mines

Hazardous working conditions inside coal mines of Balochistan have claimed thousands of precious human lives. Methane gas blasts and other untoward incidents inside mines of Balochistan are almost order of the day.

There has been no clue of the trapped coal miners till filling of this report.

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