ISLAMABAD At least 19 people died and eight were injured as a rock collapsed in a marble quarry in northwestern Pakistan, an official source told EFE on Tuesday.
The accident occurred late Monday at a remote area in Mohmand district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where, apart from the casualties, some five to 10 people remain missing, Provincial Disaster Management Authority spokesperson Taimur Ali said.
We have recovered 19 dead bodies and eight injured that have been shifted to hospitals, Ali said.
Rescue services continue efforts to locate the five to 10 workers believed to be trapped in the rubble, despite much difficulty owing to the remoteness of the area, its terrain and the scale of the collapse.
It is very difficult because the mountain came down, Ali stressed.
The army and the local authorities have been collaborating with the disaster management authorities in the rescue operations.
Accidents at mines and quarries are not uncommon in Pakistan mainly due to precarious safety conditions.
On Feb. 10 this year, 10 people died in another collapse at a marble quarry in the northwestern part of the country.
In 2018, two explosions caused by the accumulation of methane gas in two mines in the southwestern Balochistan province left 23 miners dead and nine others injured.