At least 16 miners were killed and nine others were wounded Saturday when a coal mine collapsed due to a gas explosion in Balochistan.
The accident occurred in Marwaarh, 45 kilometres (28 miles) east of Quetta.
“The roof caved in following an explosion triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners and wounding nine others, two of them seriously”, Jawaid Shahwani, the top government official in Quetta, told AFP.
Shahwani said 25 workers were inside the mine when the explosion occurred, adding that all the injured miners had been rescued and taken to hospital.
“We are trying our best to recover bodies but it will take time as most of the bodies are buried very deep”, he said.
Pakistani mines are notorious for poor safety standards and bad ventilation.
At least 43 workers were killed in March 2011 when explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in Balochistan, which has battled separatist insurgents and Islamist militants for more than a decade.
Story first published: 6th May 2018