30-11-2021 08:40 AM Jerusalem Timing

At Least 5 Dead, 2 Missing in Pakistan Coal Mine Collapse

At Least 5 Dead, 2 Missing in Pakistan Coal Mine Collapse

At least five laborers were killed when a coal mine collapsed in northwest Pakistan, officials said Sunday, with two more still missing.

At least five laborers were killed when a coal mine collapsed in northwest Pakistan, officials said Sunday, with two more still missing.

More than 30 miners were trapped in the far-flung mountainous Orakzai tribal district after a shaft collapsed amid heavy downpours on Saturday, according to Zubair Khan, the top government official in the district.

"Rescuers have so far retrieved five dead bodies while 26 were rescued alive," Khan told AFP, adding that 10 people were injured and being treated at a local hospital.

On Sunday emergency responders were struggling to rescue two missing miners, with officials saying it was unclear whether they were still alive.

A military statement issued late Saturday said more than 100 troops from the army and paramilitary Frontier Corps were helping operate heavy machinery at the site and providing medical support.

Khan said the rescue operation was ongoing Sunday despite inclement weather.

At least 43 workers were killed in March 2011 when explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in southwestern Baluchistan province, which is rich in gas, oil and mineral deposits.