Two separate mining accidents in Pakistan have resulted in the death of at least 23 miners and injuries to several others.
Both accidents occurred at coal mines near Quetta in south-western Pakistan.
At least 16 miners were killed after an explosion occurred in a mine in the Marwar coalfields in Baluchistan province.
The explosion was reportedly caused by a build-up of methane gas inside the mine.
Akhterzada, an injured coal miner, was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying: “There were no arrangements inside the mine, including air ventilation.
“The owners and managers of mine companies don’t care for poor workers, because for them money is more important than our lives.”
The second accident resulted in the deaths of seven miners and took place in the Surran range coalfield in the northern part of the Baluchistan region.
Rescue efforts were launched by government agencies following the incidents.
According to Reuters, operations were suspended at both mines and authorities have since opened an investigation into the disturbances.
The Baluchistan province is noted to be prone to mining accidents due to the absence of modern mining techniques and facilities.
The Pakistan Mining Labour Federation states that between 100 and 200 people are killed in Pakistan every year as a result of mining-related accidents.
At least 11 personnel were killed in separate mining accidents within the country last month.