Gas Suffocation in a Coal Mine took Seven Lives - Balochistan

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Friday, 20 February 2015 20:03

QUETTA: Seven coal miners were suffocated to death by a gas leak inside a coal mine at Balochistan's Dukki area on Friday morning.

Rasheed Abro, the inspector of mines, told Media, "A poisonous gas penetrated inside the coal mine causing the death of seven miners." 

It was Thursday afternoon that the Coal miners trapped inside the mine were rescued by colleagues and then shifted to a poorly equipped basic health unit for treatment. . One of the miners died that evening, however, seven remained trapped inside the coal mine for another 24 hours.

Abro said that a rescue team rushed from Quetta to rescue the miners, arrived extremely late.

A local journalist, Wali Khan Nasar identified that the rescue team arrived in Dukki only after twenty hours. Had the rescue team arrived on time, the lives of the ill-fated miners would have been saved, he said.

Prior rescue team arrived the colleagues of the Coal miners had already successfully rescued 13 coal miners, Levies official Muhammad Qasim said.

Such untoward incidents are common in coal mines of Balochistan in general and in Dukki in particular. The lack of safety arrangements always lead to deaths of poverty-hit miners. Most of the miners working in Dukki are Afghan nationals.

Dukki has rich coal reservoirs and supplies coal to different cities in Punjab to industries and factories.

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