Death toll rises to 23 in Quetta mine incidents

Death toll rises to 23 in Quetta mine incidents

Officials said that the explosion was caused by increased volumes of methane.

"Some died on the spot, while others who were badly injured breathed their last under the rubble", Atique said.

He said two other labourers died in a landslide in an another mine nearby.

"We are trying our best to recover bodies but it will take time as most of the bodies are buried very deep", government official Jawaid Shahwani told AFP news agency from Quetta.

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"The bodies of 16 miners have been recovered and sent to the victims' native area in Shangla, Swat district", said Ataullah, director of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

Two bodies had been recovered and several injured labourers were evacuated on Saturday. They were shifted to the Bolan Medical College Hospital's burn unit and four of them, who had suffered serious injuries, had been admitted there. Mr. Ahmed said rescue operations have been completed at both sites.

Details about what led to the explosion weren't immediately available.

As a result of explosions at two mines in Pakistan killed 23 people, reports Radio Liberty, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to the UNN. "The owners and managers of mining companies don't care for poor workers because for them money is more important than our lives", Akhtarzada, a survivor of the Marwar incident, said.

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There were 30 labourers inside the mine when the explosion occurred.

The accident took place in the Surran range coal field. According to the Pakistan Mining Labour Federation, between 100 and 200 miners die in accidents annually.

The protesters also demanded Rs2 million be given to bereaved families of the coal miners.

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