Death toll from Quetta mines collapse tragedy rises to 9

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Death toll from Quetta mines collapse tragedy rises to 9

QUETTA: At least nine Afghan miners died in the Quetta’s Degari coal mines collapse incident on Tuesday.

Imran Zarkoon, the Director-General of provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) confirmed that ten coal miners were caught in Degari mine from last two days. ‘’Six miners died in mine before they could be recovered, while the three miners died in hospital, whereas the one miner is hospitalized in Quetta Civil hospital.”

Zarkoon added that all these miners belong to the Maidan Wardag province of Afghanistan. Degari is situated some 60 km away from Quetta city. According to government officials, the length of mine is 4000 feet. “All the resources were used to retrieve trapped miners. The rescue teams had faced many troubles during the rescue operation,” Mr Zarkoon added.

The President of mines Federation in Balochistan, Sultan Lala accused the provincial government and mines owners of this tragic incident. According to Lala, more than 82 miners have died in different mines incidents the ongoing year.

Chief Minister Baluchistan Jam kamal Khan has issued directions to the mines and Minerals department to investigate the incident and submit the report within three days.

In Baluchistan, numerous incidents of blasts in coals minds have occurred in hundreds of mines workers have lost their lives. Most of the incidents from far-flung areas of Baluchistan are go unreported. Leakage or explosions of poisonous gases, coal dust, collapsing of mines are some of the main causes of such kind of horrific incidents.

According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation, between 100 and 200 labourers dies on average in coal mine incidents every year.

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