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Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21

BEIJING: The death toll in a coal mine roof collapse in northern China has risen to 21 after rescuers found two more miners dead on Sunday, state media reported. A total of 87 people were working underground in the Shaanxi province mine at the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon, according to official news agency Xinhua, citing local authorities. Rescuers had been searching for two remaining trapped miners but found them dead Sunday morning, Xinhua reported. Another 66 miners were safely evacuated from the mine.…

At least 8 killed in Balochistan mine blast

QUETTA: A blast at a coal mine at the outskirts of Quetta, killed at least eight workers,  officials said on Monday. The mine caved in after the miners used dynamite during an excavation in Sinjidi, some 45 kilometres (28 miles) east of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas rich Balochistan province. "There were up to 22 workers present in different tunnels in the mine, some of them were as deep as 4,000 feet (1,219 metres), when the blast occurred," provincial chief mines inspector Muhammad Iftikhar told AFP. Nine…

First layer of coal unearthed from Thar

ISLAMKOT: Sindh Engro Coal Mining (SECMC) on Sunday made history after unearthing the first layer of indigenous coal from its open-pit coal mine in Thar Coal Block II, at a depth of 140 meters (460 feet) below the surface. The mining firm’s machinery took out the first layer from an estimated 2.04 billion tons of coal resources in Thar Coal Block II after successfully dewatering the second acquirer, five months ahead of schedule. The successful extraction of the first coal seam not only proves that Thar’s indigenous…

Four labourers trapped in Thatta coal mine; 2 dead

THATTA: The bodies of two labourers of the total four who were trapped in a coal mine in Thatta have been recovered, ARY News reported Monday. The incident occurred in a coal mine in Jhimpir where labourers working in a mine trapped beneath debris. Rescue teams were immediately called in to the site. The rescue officials pulled out bodies of the two labourers, however search for the other two was still underway. Those who were injured in the incident were shifted to a local hospital in Thatta.