Methane Blast Kills 7 Coal Miners in Balochistan in Pakistan
Seven miners were killed in a methane gas blast at a coal mine in in the Torghar gas field in in the Tor Ghar area in Harnai area in Balochistan in Pakistan on 15 March night. Rescue teams recovered the bodies of all seven coal miners this morning, who were burnt to death as a huge fire broke out in the mine after the blast. They were working at a depth of about 1,500 feet when the explosion occurred. Mine has been closed and a probe has been ordered into the incident.
This was second such deadly incident in the region in a week. On March 12, eight miners were trapped around 1,000 feet below ground in a mine in the district of Marwar, near the border with Afghanistan, when a buildup of methane gas exploded. Six workers were killed and two others rescued.
Lacking proper safety measures in the mines, workers have repeatedly been killed in explosions caused by the accumulation of methane gas. In 2020, at least 99 coal miners and labourers were killed in 72 incidents in Balochistan