Marble Mine Collapsed in Remote Pakistan, 17 People Killed
The accident was suspected because the location was unstable for the use of explosives when breaking marble stones. Rescuers, including Pakistani soldiers, continued to dig up the rubble in search of survivors on Tuesday (8/9).
The mine is in the Ziarat region, Mohmand, west of Pakistan, along the border with Afghanistan. The region is known for having high quality white marble which is sold in Pakistan and exported to other countries.
“Between 40 and 50 people were at the mine site when it collapsed on Monday (7/9) evening,” said Tariq Habib, Mohmand district police chief.
“Usually there are a lot of people working in the marble quarry but fortunately most of them have finished their work and returned home,” said Habib.
Nine people were injured. “The number of victims who died cannot be ascertained because several families immediately brought their families’ bodies back from the mine site,” said Sameen Shinwari, a doctor at Ghalanai District Hospital.
Cell phone signals and other means of communication are difficult to obtain in most of the area, including mine sites.
Accidents at marble mine sites are common in Pakistan. Previously, 10 people died in a marble quarry in Buner in February.