ISLAMABAD – At least 23 miners were killed and nine others were injured in two explosions at two coal mines in Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan, an official source told EFE on Sunday.
The first explosion, triggered by methane gas accumulation, on Saturday afternoon in Marwar, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the provincial capital of Quetta, killed 16 miners and injured another seven, a Levies Force spokesperson, Ghulam Murtaza, told EFE.
“A total of 24 workers were working in three branches linked to the main mine in Marwar area some 45 km from Quetta. The mines collapsed followed by a gas explosion and the exit points were dumped,” the spokesperson said.
Another explosion occurred a few hours later in a Spin Karez mine, about 60 kilometers from Quetta, killing seven workers due to gas inhalation and injuring another two, who have been transferred to a hospital in the capital.
The poor safety conditions in the Pakistani mines makes them prone to accidents.
In 2012, 11 workers were buried in a mine in the northern part of the country, while in 2011, some 50 miners died in Balochistan after a series of explosions triggered by gas leakage in a coal mine.