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Death toll from marble mine incident rises to 19 in Pakistan

Miners at the Hpakant jade mining area in Kachin State. Tens of thousands of Myanmar youths come to Hpakant, the so-called land of Jade, with the hope of escaping poverty and making money through jade mining, despite treacherous conditions like landslides. Still, Kachin promises huge wealth for some, as its land holds the rare mineral jadeite, the world’s highest quality jade. Photo - EPA. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

ISLAMABAD, Sep 8, 2020, The Nation. The death toll from the tragic incident of a rockslide in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mohmand district reached 19 after seven more bodies were retrieved from under the rubble on Tuesday, The Nation reported.

According to rescue and police sources, seven bodies of the labourers working at the marble mine in KP’s remote area have so far been pulled out during the rescue operation which restarted early morning of Monday.

On Monday, six mines at the Ziarat Ghar mountain had collapsed killing 12 miners and injuring several others.

Deputy Commissioner Iftikhar Alam had said that he feared the number of casualties from the mine collapse would rise. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) had been asked to provide heavy machinery for rescue operations.

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