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Mine deaths climb to 23 in Pakistan
    2018-05-07  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE death toll from Saturday’s coal mine blast and landslides in southwest Pakistan climbed to 23 yesterday, officials said, after ending their rescue operation.

At least 16 miners died Saturday and more than a dozen were trapped after an explosion in a mine in the Marwar coalfields in Baluchistan province, Director of Disaster Management Attaullah Khan said.

A methane gas build-up inside the mine caused the blast, Khan said. Chief inspector of mines Iftikhar Ahmad said the rescue operation overnight pulled out 11 injured miners.

He said two laborers died in a landslide Saturday in another mine in Surrang coalfields. It was not immediately clear if that was caused by the explosion.

“Rescuers retrieved five more bodies from this mine,” he said.

Another official, Mohammad Atif, said authorities had opened an investigation after sealing both mines.

Accidents are frequent in the province’s mines, where safety measures are basic and many of the workforce come from other parts of Pakistan.

The mines are mostly owned by state-run Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation, which leases many of them to private contractors.

The country has huge coal reserves estimated at more than 184 billion tons. It produces 4 million tons of coal annually.

(SD-Agencies)

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