Gas blast at coal mine kills 9 workers in Hangu

Gas blast at coal mine kills 9 workers in Hangu

ORAKZAI: At least four workers were killed in a coal mine blast in Doli lower Orakzai area of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa’s Hangu district on Wednesday.

According to the deputy commissioner of Hangu, the blast was caused by a gas explosion.

The injured coal mine workers were shifted to the hospital.

There were 13 workers in the mine at the time and nine bodies were recovered, Adnan Farid, the area deputy commissioner, told Reuters.

The remaining four miners were rescued from the rubble and have suffered critical injuries, he said.

A government team from the mineral development department inspected the site of the incident and said the explosion took place “due to gas sparks inside the mine,” Orakzai district police chief Nazeer Khan told Reuters.

A government report seen by Reuters said the blast caused the collapse of the mine, and that gas build-up had triggered the blast. It didn’t specify what type of gas it was.

Coal deposits are found in the northwestern Orakzai district that sits on the Afghan border and mine accidents are common, mainly due to gas build-ups.

Mine workers have complained that a lack of safety gear and poor working conditions are the key causes of frequent accidents, labour union officials have said in the past.

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