In several incidents in the past, miners have died in explosions due to methane leaks, suffocation, burns or even in incidents of roof collapse.
Four coal miners suffocated to death on Tuesday after inhaling poisonous gas at a coal mine in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province.
Balochistan’s chief mining and minerals inspector Abdul Ghani said the bodies of the deceased, who belonged to the province’s Zhob district, were recovered after a rescue operation.
âThe miners entered a mine in Chamalang and died of suffocation after inhaling poison gas,â he said, adding that the incident occurred in the Duki area of ââthe province.
Coal miners face dangerous working conditions in the province’s coal mines and in several incidents in the past, miners have died in explosions due to methane leaks, suffocation, burns or even roof collapse incidents.
There have also been incidents where workers from other provinces have been killed in attacks targeted by terrorists.
Pakistan Central Mining Federation secretary-general Sultan Khan said miner safety laws were not enforced in mines.
He said as many as 90 people have been killed in incidents at various mines across Balochistan this year.
Six workers were found dead in March after being trapped in a coal mine in Bolan district when its roof collapsed.
In another incident the same month, seven miners were killed in an explosion at a coal mine in Harnai, caused by a build-up of methane.