23 miners die in Balochistan twin coal mine collapse

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"23 miners were killed and another 11 were injured due to unrelated methane explosions at two mines in Pakistan", - stated in the message.

The Marwar coalfields are some 60 kilometers east of the Baluchistan capital, Quetta. Rescue operations have been completed at both sites, and the explosions were not linked. There were 30 workers inside the mine at the time of the accident.

Balochistan's Chief Inspector of Mines Iftikhar Ahmed said bodies of two miners had been recovered from the mine on Saturday and it was thought that five other miners had been trapped in the mine after being hit by a landslide inside the mine.

Under similar circumstances killed seven miners in a Spin. On Saturday night, two unconscious workers were rescued and bodies of two miners were recovered.

"We have recovered all the 16 bodies from the rubble caused by the collapse in the coal mine", Mr. Atique said.

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"There were no arrangement inside the mine, including air ventilation", Akhterzada, an injured coal miner told Al Jazeera.

At least 16 miners died on May 5 and more than a dozen were trapped after an explosion in a mine in the Marwar coalfields in Baluchistan province, Director of Disaster Management Attaullah Khan said.

The Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation says that up to 200 mine workers die on average in mine accidents every year.

Mines in Pakistan are mostly owned by state-run Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation, which leases many of them to private contractors.

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