Family members and coal miners have been waiting outside the mine in Balochistan's Dukki district: Photo provided by the author

Hussain Zarkoon, Manan Mandokhail, Syed Ali Shah:


Rescue workers are still clueless after passing 432 hours about the two trapped miners inside a coal mine in Balochistan’s Dukki area. At least two coal miners were trapped inside a coal mine in the Dukki coal mine area.

“Coal miners were trapped almost 900 feet deep inside the mine”, Muhammad Hanif Kibzai, the Assistant Commissioner Dukki said. He informed that so far the rescue workers have digged out 600 feet inside the mine to reach the trapped miners.

Coal mine completely collapsed

On May 4th, two coal miners were trapped inside a mine when rainy water filled the coal mine. The mine was completely collapsed due to the rain water.

“This is inhuman, nobody is concerned about the lives of coal miners”, Rehmatullah, one of the family members of the trapped miners lamented.

Family members suffering through phycological issues

The family members of the coal miners trapped inside the mine have been suffering through phycological issues because of the ongoing tragedy. “Government should provide trained rescue teams to make sure their recovery”, Rehmatullah stated.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) on Thursday dispatched a trained team to make sure the recovery of the trapped miners.

DPMA dispatched a team towards Dukki

On the directions of Director General PDMA Balochistan Mr. Naseer Ahmed Nasir, the rescue team of pdma headed by Director (Rescue) Mr. Zaheer Ahmed Baloch visited coal mining incident site at district Dukki today on Thursday, a senior officer in the Balochistan government said. He preferred not to be named.

Hazardous working conditions inside coal mines of Balochistan have claimed thousands of precious human lives. Especially, poor working conditions inside coal mines in Dukki are claiming human lives almost on a daily basis.

Cases should be registered against mines owners: Kakar

“Cases should be registered against mines owners and contractors”, Peer Muhammad Kakar, the central leader of the Pakistan mines association demanded. He said the coal mine owners were minting money at the cost of human lives right under the nose of mines department.

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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.