29 killed, 23 trapped in coal mine accident in Pakistan


Rescue workers retrieve the body of one of the miners who was killed in a explosion sparked by methane gas inside a coal mine in Surran range, some 35km (22 miles) east of Quetta, located in Baluchistan province, March 20, 2011. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

ISLAMABAD, March 21 (Xinhua) — At least 29 dead bodies have been recovered with 23 people still remaining trapped inside a coal mine following a series of gas blasts that occurred early Sunday morning in the mine located near Pakistan’s southwest city of Quetta, reported local English TV channel Express Monday.

The hope for the survivors is fading as they have been trapped inside the collapsed mine for more than 27 hours, the report said.



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