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Two coal mines collapse in Pakistan, 23 killed

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Death toll from coal mine accidents climbs to 23

At least 23 miners were killed and nine others injured in explosions at two coal mines in Pakistan's Balochistan province, an official said on Sunday.

Senior government official Javed Anwar said eleven coal miners were also missing after Saturday's incident in Marghat village in the Baluchistan province.

Shahwani said 25 workers were inside the mine when the explosion occurred, adding that all the injured miners had been rescued and taken to the hospital.

The mines are in an area where such accidents are common because of poor enforcement of safety regulations.

Now rescue is trying to find other people who could be under the rubble. He said over a dozen laborers were still trapped in the mine.

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"The bodies of 16 miners have been recovered and sent to the victims' native area in Shangla, Swat district", said Ataullah, director of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

Quetta Commissioner Javed Anwar Shahwani confirmed that 16 miners were killed in the Marwar mines.

The death toll has risen to 23 due to collapse of two coalmines in two separate incidents near Quetta, reported Radio Pakistan. At least 11 people were wounded. According to the Pakistan Mining Labour Federation, between 100 and 200 miners die in accidents annually.

Mining in Pakistan is often done in unsafe circumstances.

In the second mine collapse, seven miners were killed in Sooranj area, also near Quetta.

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