February 21, 2024

8 coal miners feared dead as rain water inundated mine in Jhimpir

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8 coal miners feared dead as rain water inundated mine in Jhimpir

Eight coal miners were feared dead when rain water inundated a coal mine in Jhimpir, Thatta on Tuesday night.

Thatta Deputy Commissioner Ghazanfar Qadri told media that none of the bodies could be retrieved till 5pm on Wednesday due to accumulation of flood water inside the coal mine.

The coal mine, located around 8 kms from Meting railway station in Thatta district, was buried when water entered the mine while workers were still inside.

The coalmine workers were identified as Mohammad Abu Bakar, Mohammad Azeem, Attaullah, Rahman, Parvez, Jan Wali Khan, Miyan Sher, Gul Chaman Khan and Sajjad Ali. All of them hail from Swat.

DC Thatta said the district administration had installed six pumping machines to drain the coal mine, but in vain.

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The coal mines fall under the administrative jurisdiction of Sindh Energy department.

The mine in question was leased to a company named United Coal Mines and the firm had subleased it to another contractor.

The relatives of the workers trapped in the coal mine near Meeting railway station blocked the railway track.

The railway track was closed due to the sit-in of workers’ relatives, demanding action against the management for not taking out the coal miners trapped in the mine.