Methane Blasts in Pakistan Coalmine Kill Six, Over 50 Trapped

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Six miners in Pakistan are dead after an explosion in a coalmine in the country's southwest. More than 50 miners still remain trapped.

Methane gas sparked explosions inside a coalmine in Pakistan's Baluchistan Province on Sunday. At least six miners have been killed and more than 50 are trapped inside.

The blasts occurred in a mine run by state-owned Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation some 22 miles east of the provincial capital, Quetta.

There were three explosions and 59 workers were inside the mine at the time.

Rescue workers are searching for survivors, but officials say there is not a lot of hope because the mine is very deep.

These kinds of explosions are common in coalmines in Pakistan. Most of the mines are located in Baluchistan and neighboring Sindh Province, where safety measures can be lax.
The country has huge coal reserves estimated at more than 184 billion tons. It produces four million tons of coal annually, and is mostly used for brick-making kilns.

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