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One Survivor Emerges from Balochistan Coal Mine

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Banaras Khan—AFP

Nine other workers killed after fire breaks out in mine over weekend

Authorities said on Tuesday they had rescued one miner who survived two days trapped in a coal mine after a fire that killed nine other workers.

An electrical short circuit sparked the blaze on Sunday at the mine east of Quetta, the capital of oil and mineral rich Balochistan province.

Eleven miners were working around 1,200 meters underground at the time. One was quickly saved but poisonous carbon monoxide gas hampered rescue efforts.

Officials confirmed on Tuesday that just one of the remaining 10 had been discovered alive. “We have found nine bodies,” Abdullah Shahwani, a top provincial official for the industry, told AFP. The surviving miner was critically injured, he said.

Provincial government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani confirmed the toll.

The coal mine is run by the state-owned Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation. Most coal mines in the impoverished province are notorious for poor safety standards and facilities, and similar deadly accidents have occurred in the past.

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