At least 18 miners had been killed and greater than a dozen had been nonetheless trapped on Tuesday after a rockslide at a marble mine in northwest Pakistan, officers stated.
Boulders of white marble got here crashing down on employees on Monday night within the mountainous Mohmand district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, close to the border with Afghanistan.
“So far 18 bodies and 20 injured have been pulled out after a rockslide at a marble mine,” Muhammad Arif, the provincial minister for mines and minerals growth, informed AFP.
He stated round 20 extra miners had been nonetheless believed to be trapped beneath the rubble with a rescue mission beneath method.
Labourers typically relaxation on the backside of the mountains after lengthy working hours.
A senior official from Mohmand district, Hamid Iqbal, confirmed the demise depend.
Pakistan’s mines are infamous for poor security requirements. Dozens of miners are killed annually in numerous safety-related incidents.
At least 43 miners had been killed in Sorange district of Balochistan in 2011 on account of a blast at a coal mine.
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