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Coal mine explosion kills seven, injures three in Pakistan

23 March 2020

Seven miners were killed and three were injured on March 20 after an explosion at a coal mine 60 miles (100 kilometres) outside of Quetta, western Pakistan. Mining authorities have opened an investigation into the incident while local media reports the blast was likely caused by a build-up of methane gas.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

Rescue workers and locals were able to retrieve all the bodies from the mine shortly after the explosion. There were 12 workers inside the mine at the time of the blast.

Poor working conditions and lax safety standards in both Pakistan and neighbouring countries, such as India, mean mine explosions are not uncommon. In July 2019, 10 miners were rescued in another mine near Quetta after a gas explosion deep into the mine trapped the workers inside.

According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation, between 100 and 200 labourers die on average in coal mine accidents every year.

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