11 miners killed, 05 injured as marble mine collapsed in KPK province

Casualties might increase as  some miners are still trapped under heavy rubble

11 miners have been killed and five others injured as the result of marble mine collapse in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Mohmand district. The rescue operations are under way to rescue the trapped miners under the rubble.  

Dozens were still trapped under the rubble as army troops were assisting the district administration to rescue them, according to the deputy commissioner Mohmand.

“Huge pieces of marble from a hill fell on a routine gathering of 50-60 people [on the foothill],” he said, adding that heavy machinery had been dispatched from nearby districts to accelerate the rescue operation.

The incident happened in Tehsil Safi of Mohmand district in former tribal areas. The local miners were working at a marble mine located at Ziarat Ghar Mountain in Safi tehsil of Mohmand collapsed as the result of landslide.


A district administration official quoted locals as saying that at least 25 people were missing after the rockslide. The remote area does not have mobile and internet coverage, the official added.

Rescue 1122 said its Mohmand team was carrying out a search operation to find the missing people, adding that additional personnel had been dispatched to the area from Peshawar and Charsadda. Besides search and rescue tools, heavy machinery and ambulances were taking part in the operation, the rescue service added.

In February, nine labourers were killed and seven others injured in a marble mine slide in KP's Buner district. In 2015, some 12 labourers were killed after a marble mine collapsed in Mohmand.

The lack of safety tools, measures and often dangerous working conditions caused the mine incidents and causalities of miners. Despite the fact that the owners of the marble mines earned billions of rupees as profits but hardly spend money on improving the safety and working conditions of miners. The KPK government is not doing enough  to improve the safety and working conditions of miners.

Mohmand, one of seven former semi-autonomous tribal regions in Pakistan, is famous for marble reserves.

                                                          R K Bhatti

1 comment:

  1. Your write up is well in time.Inspite of all efforts nothing is done in safety & compensation.


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