Collapse of coal mine in Pakistan kills eight

13 March 2016 (Last Updated March 13th, 2016 18:30)

Collapse of a coal mine in Kurez, Orakzai Agency of Pakistan has claimed the lives of at least eight miners and injured ten others.

Collapse of a coal mine in Kurez, Orakzai Agency of Pakistan has claimed the lives of at least eight miners and injured ten others.

The incident occurred in the Orakzai tribal district, a tribal area along the Afghan border, following heavy rains.

According to the country's National Disaster Management Authority, 26 miners have been rescued.

Press Trust of India reported rescue officials saying that the mine collapse has trapped 65 labourers.

"Officials said that the collapse occurred after an explosion that was caused due to accumulation of gas."

More than 100 Pakistan Army and FC troops were available at the site to perform rescue operations using heavy machinery and offer medical support, Associated Press of Pakistan said.

Officials said that the collapse occurred after an explosion that was caused due to accumulation of gas.

The depth of the mine, lack of adequate oxygen and heavy rainfall are hindering rescue efforts.

Heavy rainfall accompanied by flash floods in several areas across Pakistan is believed to have killed at least 25 people.