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Coalmine collapse in Pakistan kills 1; 7 more feared dead

February 20, 2015

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says a methane gas explosion has caused the collapse of a deep coalmine in the country’s southwest, killing at least one miner while 12 were rescued and another seven are feared dead.

Senior coalmine inspector Iftikhar Ahmed Friday says the 1,800-foot deep coalmine collapsed Thursday night in the Dukki area of southwestern Baluchistan province.

Emergency rescue efforts succeeded in saving 13 miners, but one of them later died. Another seven miners remain trapped with little hope for survival in the extreme depths, Ahmed said.

Dukki and the surrounding areas of Baluchistan possess rich coal reservoirs, but the mines there often lack strong safety standards. Most of the workers in the local mines are Afghan nationals.

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