Three dead as coal mine collapses in Duki


DUKI: As many as three miners died in a coal mine mishap at Duki on Monday.

As per details, a gas explosion occurred in a coal mine at Duki. As a result, three miners died and 19 others became unconscious.

According to SHO Ibrar Hussain, one side of coal mine collapsed due to explosion and four miners were buried under debris.

After the incident, local mine workers started rescue operations on self help basis. Two miners Abdul Ghani son of Speen, caste Samalzai, resident of Zabul, Afghanistan and Muhammad Umer, son of Abdul Shakoor, caste Samalzai and resident of Zabul, Afghanistan, who were busy in rescue operation, also died.

The dead body of one of the four miners trapped under the debris, named Abdul Manan, son of Muhammad Essa, caste Malakhail and resident of Killi Zaman, was also later recovered.

The victims included two real brothers and their uncle.

The depth of coal mine was 1,700 feet and majority of miners working there belonged to Afghanistan.

After a lapse of 24 hours of the incident, the rescue team of Mines and Minerals Development Department could not reach the site; however, one inspector and one clerk of the said department remained present at the site.

19 other miners became unconscious in the explosion. Among the unconscious included Dilbar son of Syed Hussain, Qudratulah son of Haider, Muhammad Wali son of Abdul Rauf, Sarwar Ghulam Siddique, Shair Muhammad son Khan Muhammad, Noorani son of Abdul Shafey, Muslim, Nasrullah son of Abdul Ghaffar, Muhammad Raheem son of Muhammad Fazal, Muhammad Alam son of Qabil, Abdul Ghaffar son of Taj Muhammad, Abdul Malik son of Abdul Raziq, Safiullah son of Zakarya and Alizai son of Muhammad Siddique.

The bodies and injured miners were shifted to Civil Hospital Duki.

Frontier Corps Balochistan, Levies and volunteers were taking part in rescue operation.

It is pertinent to mention that during the year 2018, as many as 26 miners died while 84 were injured in different accidents in coal mines at Duki. During the first 21 days of 2019, 17 coal miners have already been killed in different incidents.