MOHMAND: The death toll in the Ziarat mines’ collapse in Mohmand tribal district climbed to 21 as 11 more bodies were recovered on Tuesday.

According to sources, about 21 bodies and nine injured have been recovered and seven people are still missing under the rubble of the collapsed mines.

Huge parts of the famous Ziarat marble mountain in Saifi tehsil of Mohmand tribal district collapsed on Monday evening, causing large boulders to fall on workers present there.

Provincial Labour Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Minerals Arif Ahmad Zia, provincial Minister Anwar Zeb, the inspector general of Frontier Corps, Peshawar Commissioner Amjad Ali Khan and other officials visited the site of the marble mines.

(CLOCKWISE): Rescue 1122 personnel, miners and volunteers take part in an operation on Tuesday to rescue survivors and recover bodies of the deceased from the mines in the Ziarat area of Mohmand tribal district that collapsed a day earlier; a military helicopter hovers over the ill-fated mines; army men remove the body of a miner; and, a general view of the operation.—Abdul Majeed Goraya/AFP
(CLOCKWISE): Rescue 1122 personnel, miners and volunteers take part in an operation on Tuesday to rescue survivors and recover bodies of the deceased from the mines in the Ziarat area of Mohmand tribal district that collapsed a day earlier; a military helicopter hovers over the ill-fated mines; army men remove the body of a miner; and, a general view of the operation.—Abdul Majeed Goraya/AFP

The rescue operation continued at the site on the second consecutive day on Tuesday. Personnel of Pakistan Army, Rescue 1122 teams and local people were engaged in the rescue operation.

Talking to media personnel, Mr Yousafzai said that about 34 to 35 people were working in the marble mines when it collapsed. He said 21 bodies had been recovered while seven people were still missing.

“The rescue operation is under way for several hours. Pakistan Army personnel, rescue teams and local people are participating in the rescue work,” he said.

(CLOCKWISE): Rescue 1122 personnel, miners and volunteers take part in an operation on Tuesday to rescue survivors and recover bodies of the deceased from the mines in the Ziarat area of Mohmand tribal district that collapsed a day earlier; a military helicopter hovers over the ill-fated mines; army men remove the body of a miner; and, a general view of the operation.—Abdul Majeed Goraya/AFP
(CLOCKWISE): Rescue 1122 personnel, miners and volunteers take part in an operation on Tuesday to rescue survivors and recover bodies of the deceased from the mines in the Ziarat area of Mohmand tribal district that collapsed a day earlier; a military helicopter hovers over the ill-fated mines; army men remove the body of a miner; and, a general view of the operation.—Abdul Majeed Goraya/AFP

“We are trying our level’s best to recover the missing persons,” he said, adding that “I salute all the rescue workers and soldiers of the Pakistan Army who are taking part in the rescue operation”.

The labour minister said that the labour department would provide financial support to affected people. He said the rescue operation would take another day to complete.

(CLOCKWISE): Rescue 1122 personnel, miners and volunteers take part in an operation on Tuesday to rescue survivors and recover bodies of the deceased from the mines in the Ziarat area of Mohmand tribal district that collapsed a day earlier; a military helicopter hovers over the ill-fated mines; army men remove the body of a miner; and, a general view of the operation.—Abdul Majeed Goraya/AFP
(CLOCKWISE): Rescue 1122 personnel, miners and volunteers take part in an operation on Tuesday to rescue survivors and recover bodies of the deceased from the mines in the Ziarat area of Mohmand tribal district that collapsed a day earlier; a military helicopter hovers over the ill-fated mines; army men remove the body of a miner; and, a general view of the operation.—Abdul Majeed Goraya/AFP

He said an investigation would be conducted to ascertain causes of the incident, adding that anyone found responsible for any negligence would be taken to task.

The labour minister said that for safety of mine workers outdated methods in the local mining industry should be changed. There was a need to introduce modern techniques in the local mining industry for improving the safety methods for workers, he added.

Published in Dawn, September 9th, 2020

Opinion

Editorial

Retracted offer
04 Dec, 2022

Retracted offer

WITH so many U-turns under his belt, it was hardly surprising when on Saturday, PTI chairman Imran Khan decided to...
Embassy attack
Updated 04 Dec, 2022

Embassy attack

The Taliban should have enhanced the existing security arrangements.
Smog season
04 Dec, 2022

Smog season

FOR the past week, major cities of Pakistan have been among the top most polluted cities in the world. Lahore ranked...
Fleeting good news
Updated 03 Dec, 2022

Fleeting good news

Indeed, there is no other option to get out of the economic mess we have created in the last few years.
Battle for spoils
03 Dec, 2022

Battle for spoils

THE spectacle playing out inside a London courtroom shines a light on the struggle for control of the assets of the...
CM Bizenjo’s complaint
03 Dec, 2022

CM Bizenjo’s complaint

BALOCHISTAN Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo’s claim that his province is facing a financial crunch due to ...