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Two dead, eight feared deceased in Pakistan coal mine blast.

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In Quetta, southern Pakistan, the aftermath of a tragic coal mine collapse has left two individuals confirmed dead, while eight others remain unaccounted for and feared deceased. The incident unfolded when a gas explosion shook a privately owned coal pit situated in the mining region of Khost, approximately 80 kilometers east of Quetta, on Tuesday evening. Trapped some 800 feet below the surface, ten workers found themselves ensnared by the catastrophe.

Ghani Baloch, the chief inspector of mines for Balochistan province, conveyed the grim update to AFP, revealing that rescue teams had managed to retrieve the lifeless bodies of two individuals during overnight efforts. However, the fate of the remaining trapped miners remains uncertain, as Baloch expressed concerns about their survival prospects. Despite the bleak outlook, rescue operations persist fervently, with dedicated team members striving relentlessly to locate and extricate any potential survivors.

Amid the frantic rescue efforts, a separate group of eight individuals, who valiantly attempted to aid their imperiled colleagues, found themselves ensnared in the perilous conditions for several hours. Fortunately, a government rescue team intervened, successfully evacuating the stranded rescuers to safety, albeit some of them in an unconscious state.

At the site of the coal mine disaster, rescue teams hailing from both the government's mining department and the disaster management agency are diligently coordinating their efforts. Ghani Baloch, shedding light on the cause behind the catastrophe, attributed the incident to an accumulation of carbon monoxide gas within the mine, subsequently triggering a devastating explosion that led to the collapse. The treacherous nature of Pakistan's mines, characterized by hazardous working conditions and lax safety standards, underscores the tragic frequency of such deadly incidents.

Despite efforts to improve safety protocols and mitigate risks, mining accidents continue to plague the industry, exacting a heavy toll on the lives of workers and their families. The latest disaster serves as a stark reminder of the inherent dangers faced by those employed in Pakistan's mining sector, prompting renewed calls for enhanced safety measures and stricter enforcement of regulations to safeguard the well-being of workers. As the nation grapples with the aftermath of yet another mining tragedy, the imperative to prioritize worker safety looms ever larger, compelling authorities and stakeholders alike to redouble their efforts in preventing future calamities and ensuring that tragedies of this magnitude become a thing of the past.

March 20, 2024 10:41 a.m. 5924

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