PESHAWAR — Rescue operation continued in Northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday and a rescue squad using heavy machinery retrieved 14 more dead bodies from a caved-in marble mine in northwestern Pakistan, raising the death toll from the incident to 22, officials informed.
The reason for the collapse had not been determined. Mining accidents are common in Pakistan, where safety measures are often overlooked.
As per the prediction, 35 miners were loading marble onto trucks Monday when huge boulders fell on them at the mine in the Mohmand district near the Afghan border.
Khateer Ahmed, who head the state-run emergency services in the northwest, apprised that the first eight dead bodies were recovered on the same day, whereas 14 more dead bodies were retrieved after a daylong rescue operation Tuesday.
He further apprised there were still more miners trapped under the huge boulders.
As per the provincial Labour Minister, Shaukat Yousafzai, the cave-in also injured nine miners.
There was gossip among local residents of the area that explosives were detonated to extract the marble, triggering a rockslide. Officials said an investigation was still in progress to determine the reason for the collapse of the marble mine.