6 labourers killed in coalmine gas explosion in NW Pak
Peshawar: At least six labourers were today killed and 10 others injured in a coalmine gas explosion in the restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan.
The blast occurred in a coalmine in Doli area of Orakzai agency due to accumulation of poisonous gas when labourers were busy in routine work, an official said.
Local people and labourers retrieved the bodies from the mine. All the deceased hailed from Shangla district of Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa.
The bodies were sent to their native areas after completion of legal formalities.
There are more than 4,000 coalmines in Orakzai tribal agency and over 3,000 labourers work in these mines.
Most of the coalmines in Orakzai are notorious for poor safety standards and facilities.
Most of the labourers are forced to risk their lives by using conventional methods due to unavailability of modern coal mining facility in the region, according to the Dawn.