Nine injured, multiple people trapped
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At least 19 people were killed and nine injured after a marble mine collapsed in Mohmand's Safi district following a landslide late Monday night, the rescue officials said.
In a landslide, masses of rock, earth, or debris move down a slope. Work was underway at the marble mine when a portion of a mountain came crumbling down and hit the mine. Dozens of workers were trapped under the debris. Initially, the residents of the area started rescuing people themselves after which rescue teams were called in.
Teams of the Safi district administration, Pakistan Army, and Rescue 1122 are conducting a rescue operation on the accident site together. The injured people have been shifted to the hospital.
The rescue officials said that the rescue operation was delayed due to the darkness and lack of resources. "We have called in heavy machinery to remove the debris," an officer said.
The labourers in Pakistan work under extremely difficult conditions, said Federal Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Twitter. The provincial governments must strictly implement labour laws, he remarked. "I hope the provincial government stands with the families of these labourers and not desert them during these testing times."
Mohmand, one of the former semi-autonomous tribal regions, is known for its marble reserves. The tribal areas were merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 2018.