Eight killed in coal mine blast in NW Pakistan
At least eight labourers were killed and around 50 others injured in a coal mine blast on early Monday morning in the northwestern region of Pakistan, local media and officials said.
According to the reports, the incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning in the Doli area of Lower Orakzai, one of the seven northwestern tribal regions of Pakistan.
Officials of the local administration said that at the time of incident around 60 laborers were working in the mine while around two dozen others luckily had already come out to take breakfast minutes before the blast took place.
The initial reports said that the explosion occurred as gas accumulated due to the absence of proper ventilation in the mine.
According to the eyewitnesses and first hand rescuers, at least seven laborers were killed on the spot while others got injured and fell unconscious. One of the injured also succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.
All the killed people belonged to the Shangla district of the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
One week before, the same kind of blast killed at least five people in another coal mine in the same area.
Pakistan's miners always complain about the lack of proper security measures and rescue facilities in the mines.