At least 11 people lost their lives after inhaling methane gas inside a coal mine in the Sanjdi area, some 50 km from Quetta, according to Dawn. The incident, which took place on Monday, claimed the lives of nine coal miners, a coal company manager, and a contractor.

“The coal miners were working around 1,500 feet deep in the mine when the gas eruption started and quickly spread to the place. All the coal miners fell unconscious,” Abdul Ghani Shahwani, Chief Inspector of Mines in Balochistan, told Dawn.

He said the miners , contractor and manager entering the mine around 5 pm and there was no signal coming from the mine about 90 minutes later. The Mines Department’s rescue crews raced to the site of the incident. However, no one was found alive.

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