Quetta -Coalmine blast toll reaches to 10

The death toll from Sunday's methane gas explosions in a coal mine in of Baluchistan rose to 45 on Monday, government officials said, as hopes faded there would be any survivors from the disaster. More than 50 miners were in the mine when three big explosions triggered by methane gas ripped through the caverns. "Forty-five miners have died. We have retrieved 25 bodies so far," Aslam Bizenjo, provincial irrigation minister, told the provincial assembly. Officials said the chances of finding the trapped workers alive were very slim because of a fire, which had consumed all the oxygen. Witnesses said the bodies had severe burns from the huge fire.

The mine, some 35 km (22 miles) from the provincial capital, Quetta, is owned by the state-run Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation and was leased to a contractor.

Mohammad Iftikhar, chief inspector of mines in the region, said the contactor had been asked to shut down the mine two weeks ago because of an excessive accumulation of methane gas. 


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