QUETTA: Rescue workers on Tuesday managed to recover one coal miner, as well as the bodies of four others who had been trapped in a coal mine in Quetta district’s Degari area over 40 hours ago. Search for six other miners is still underway.
Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Imran Khan Zarkoon confirmed that one miner was rescued alive while the bodies of four others have been recovered in a search operation, adding that the operation will continue until the six other miners are recovered.
On Sunday, miners were trapped in the mine when poisonous gas mounted up in the mine that is thousands of feet deep. The Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Balochistan Shafqat Fayyaz, said that the authorities were “trying [their] level best” to recover the coal workers.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani, while taking notice of the incident, instructed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to deploy its technical team and ensure the safe recovery of the workers, provincial government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani told media.
Balochistan’s Labour Federation has expressed disappointment with the government’s efforts, with Peer Muhammad Kakar, a member of the body, said: “Neither the government nor the mine owners are bothered about the plight of the hapless miners. The administration is still clueless about the trapped miners even though 24 hours have passed [since the workers were trapped].”
According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF), between 100 and 200 labourers die on average in coal mine accidents every year.