Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: Tragedy struck yesterday in Sanjadi, approximately 40 kilometers from Quetta, where an explosion in a coal mine resulted in the deaths of 11 workers. The incident, caused by a gas filling mishap, was confirmed by Shahid Rind, the spokesman for the Balochistan government.

Rescue teams, comprising the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the district administration, and the mines department, worked tirelessly through the night. However, despite their best efforts, all 11 miners were found dead.

“This is a devastating loss,” stated Rind. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The entire community is mourning this tragic event.”

The explosion caused significant structural damage within the mine, leading to the collapse of several sections and trapping the workers. Rescue operations were initiated immediately, but the severity of the explosion and subsequent cave-ins hampered efforts to reach the miners in time.

The Balochistan government has announced an immediate investigation into the incident to determine the exact cause and to prevent future occurrences. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of our miners,” Rind emphasized. “This tragedy highlights the urgent need for stricter safety protocols in the mining industry.”

As the community grieves, the provincial government has promised support for the families affected by this disaster. Further updates will be provided as the investigation proceeds and more information becomes available.



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