Quetta mine collapse death toll rises to 23

Death toll from coal mine accidents climbs to 23

A mine in Marwar area near provincial capital Quetta collapsed on Saturday due to gas explosion and about two dozen miners were trapped inside.

A total of 43 workers died in 2011 when gas explosions triggered a collapse in another Balochistan colliery, also owned by the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation.

Mine inspector Iftikhar Ahmed said five more bodies had been recovered from one of the mines.

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

"So far 16 dead bodies and six injured miners have been recovered from the mine", he said. Authorities said the incidents were not linked, and that rescue operations had ended at both sites.

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Rescue teams are trying to find others still trapped in the rubble.

RISING number of deaths in mining accidents in Balochistan highlights the low level of safety in coal mines, many of which are unregistered and out of bound to officials of the Inspectorate of Mines.

Around three hours later, a mine 25 kilometres (16 miles) to the west at Spin Carez collapsed in similar circumstances, killing seven of the nine miners inside.

The resolution said those found guilty of negligence be awarded punishments, mines where such fatal incidents took place be sealed and laws pertaining to safety of miners be implemented.

The Pakistan Central Mines Labor Federation told the BBC that an average of 200 miners die in mine disasters every year.

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