30 bodies retrieved from Pakistan mine

Latest information from the Pakistan mine collapse says 45 miners were working in the underground coal mine at the time of explosion and collapse and all are confirmed dead.

Yesterday it was thought 52 miners had died when the mine collapsed on Sunday, but during proceedings of the Balochistan Assembly, Minister for Irrigation and Power, Sardr Aslam Bizenjo confirmed 45 miners had died and as many as 30 bodies have been retrieved.

Recovery efforts are underway to recover the remaining bodies and the chief mines inspector told local media that most of the bodies were either decomposed or completely burnt and the majority of the victims belonged to Shangrila, Khyber Paktunkhwa and two of the victims were from Afghanistan.

He said about 20 of the bodies have been sent home to their families and the government has already constituted an inquiry committee to investigate the incident.

“The committee is probing the fact that despite the issuance of a warning, why was the mining not stopped,” Home Secretary Hussain Durrani said.

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