PESHAWAR: Four workers lost their lives and another sustained injuries in an explosion in a coalmine in Chamalang area of Dukki district in Balochistan on Wednesday.
Police said the explosion took place in the morning due to accumulation of poisonous gas in the coalmine. Four people belonging to the same family lost their lives in the incident, while another was injured. Two of the victims were stated to be real brothers, while the others were an uncle and a relative.
The deceased were identified as Habibur Rehman, Muhammad Sadiq, Javed and Khalid. Rehmatullah was critically injured in the incident. The bodies and the injured were taken to hospital by the rescue personnel.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal expressed grief over the incident and directed the concerned authorities to initiate relief activities. He also directed to improve safety measures at the coalmines to avoid occurrence of such incidents in future.
Several incidents of coalmine explosions have occurred in Balochistan and other parts of the country recently which have claimed several lives, but still the required safety measures at these mines have not been taken.
Five days ago, three labourers died and three others fainted when a coalmine collapsed in Dukki. The coalmine workers were fetching coal from a depth of thousands of feet when suddenly the mine collapsed, leaving the miners trapped inside. Rescue teams arrived at the spot and retrieved three bodies, while three others were rescued in unconscious condition.
On 25 November, 2018, three labourers died and two fell unconscious due to accumulation of poisonous gas in a coalmine in Dukki. Earlier, a labourer also died in a similar incident in Dukki in August.
In October, at least 14 coal miners died in three separate incidents in different coal mines in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation says about 100 to 200 labourers lose their lives or get injured in coal mine accidents across the country every year. The coalmine labourers work under extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances and always run the risk of being trapped into a mine due to its collapse or accumulation of poisonous gas.