The incident was triggered by a rockslide at a marble quarry in the Mohmand district. Casualties are expected to rise as dozens remain trapped under the debris
More than 200 laborers die on an average in coal mine-related explosions across the country every year.
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The fatalities reported in Balochistan area point towards abysmal working conditions in coal mines in South Asia, as another serious incident was recently witnessed in the state of Meghalaya in India.
The federation of mine workers has called for a ‘Black Day’ on September 23 in protest against the incident.