Coal mine accidents toll rises to 23

Death toll from coal mine accidents climbs to 23

Pakistan's twin coal mine accidents claim 23 lives, injure 6 people

The death toll from methane gas explosions in two coal mines in Pakistan has climbed to more than 20, officials confirmed.

The first accident occurred in Marwaarh, 45 kilometres east of Quetta, which is the capital of oil and gas-rich Balochistan province, due to a gas explosion.

Six people were rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment, and rescuers were still looking Saturday night for one person believed trapped in the mine, officials said.

The roof of the mine caved in following the explosion triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners and wounding nine others, two of them seriously, according to Jawaid Shahwani, the top government official in Quetta. There were 30 workers inside the mine at the time of the accident. "We have recovered all the 16 bodies from the rubble caused by the collapse in the coal mine", Atique said.

Seven miners were killed after a mine collapsed in similar circumstances at Spin Carez.

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Two bodies had been recovered and several injured labourers were evacuated on Saturday.

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.

They said lack of safety arrangements inside the two mines, including air ventilation, had caused the fatal incidents.

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