Four workers killed after methane gas explosion at coal mine in Pak
Four workers were killed on Saturday after a methane gas explosion at a coal mine near Quetta in the restive Balochistan province, officials said.
Seven workers were inside the mine when a methane gas explosion occurred at the bottom of the mine in the Sra Ghagai mining area, an official from the Balochistan Coal Mine Workers Federation said. .
“Four workers were killed, while three others were rescued and sent to hospital as their condition is not good,” he said.
The official said gas explosions occur frequently at mines across the province due to insufficient safety measures by owners and government inspectors.
“In many cases, like in this incident, some mines are even being illegally mined, so there is no record of the number of workers there,” the official said.
Abdul Ghani, chief inspector of mines, said the mine was properly combed through to ensure no other workers were trapped there.
According to figures from the Balochistan Minerals Department, there are a total of 2,800 coal mines in the province which employ around 70,000 workers and the fatal accidents due to gas explosions and wall collapses inside these Mines are common in the mining areas of Balochistan.
Officials say thousands of coal mine workers, many of whom are refugees or migrants from neighboring Afghanistan and other parts of Pakistan, quit their jobs and fled the province following the brutal killing of 11 Hazara coal mine workers by insurgents in the remote Mach region last January.
In November, three coal miners were killed by unidentified gunmen in a remote Harnai coal mining area known as Sharag.
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