Pakistan: Nine killed, three trapped in coal mine explosion
A methane gas explosion in a coal mine in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today killed nine miners while three others were still trapped. The incident occurred in Akhorwal area of Darra Adam Khel town of Kohat district due to the accumulation of methane gas. According to police, efforts are on to rescue the remaining three trapped inside the coal mine owned by Haji Firdous.
Mining is dangerous in Pakistan due to lack of facilities
The police said that so far three miners have been injured and they have been shifted to a hospital. Mining is considered highly dangerous in Pakistan where dozens of miners are killed each year due to lack of modern mining facilities. According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labor Federation (PCMLF), about 100 to 200 laborers die on average in coal mine accidents every year.
13 miners were killed in Balochistan province in August
Such explosions aren't uncommon in coal mines in Pakistan, most of which are located in Balochistan and Sindh. In August, 13 miners were killed in Balochistan's Sanjidi after a mine collapsed. Two others suffocated to death in an accident on September 2 in Balochistan's Machh.