A Pakistani Government mining official says a methane gas explosion in a coal mine in the country’s southwest has killed at least three miners and four others are missing.
Mining official Abdul Wali says that four coal miners were also missing after Monday’s incident in the village of Duki in Baluchistan province. He says a rescue operation is underway but that chances of survivals are slim given the severity of the gas explosion.
Duki village is located about 160 kilometres, or 100 miles, north of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.
The gas explosion was caused by the accumulation of methane gas in the mine, reported local Urdu TV channel Express, adding that “as a result of the blast, a portion of the mine caved in, trapping the miners who were working in the mine at the depth of about 518 meters inside the debris.”
Earlier on December 27th 2018, at least three labourers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in Chamalang area of the province.
According to the latest government data, at least 20,000 workers are employed in 2,500 mines across the rich coal province of Baluchistan in Pakistan.
Gas explosions and mining-related fatality rates in Pakistan are high given that safety measures across the developing nation are poor.
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