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    Pakistan: 11 workers killed in series of mine accidents

    April 12, 2018

    With the horrific mine accident that killed six workers in the Kalat district in Balochistan on 4 April 2018, at least 11 workers at mines in different parts of Pakistan have died since the end of March. 

    The deadly mine safety crisis continues to claim workers’ lives in Pakistan. Six workers were reportedly killed on the night of 4 and 5 April after an explosion at a coalmine in the Sorab area of Kalat released a poisonous gas, suffocating workers to death.

    Quoting the Chief Inspector of mines of mining department of Balochistan provincial government, a news report stated that the mine was operated illegally without the required license from the government.

    On 1 April, an explosion at the Ali Mines in Jhelum District triggered a roof collapse, trapping six workers under the debris. According to reports from IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, All Pakistan Federation of United Trade Unions, two workers were rescued but the other four workers died in the incident. The deceased workers included Rehmatullah, Sabir Rehman and two brothers, Naseebzada and Naseebullah,  all hailing from the Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    IndustriALL affiliate, the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation, reported that, on 27 March 2018, one coal worker Faiz Ullah was killed, while another worker Ubaid Ullah was rescued with serious injuries in a mine accident at the Sharigh Coal Mine area.

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    Poisonous Mine Shut Down in China’s Hunan Province

    March 8, 2014

    Asia’s largest realgar mine has been shut down, leaving behind massive arsenic contamination with ill and dying people in surrounding villages.

    The 1,500 year-old mine, located in Baiyun Township, Shimen County, in China’s Hunan Province, once a source for a Chinese medicinal supplement, has gradually become a toxic wasteland during the past six decades.

    Arsenic contaminated soil and water within 9 square kilometers (5.5 square miles) of the mine has poisoned more than a thousand villagers, according to a report by Legal Weekly, a mainland Chinese media.

    Hu Lizhen, a local villager, said five of her 11 family members have already been diagnosed with arsenic poisoning, but not all of them have been checked yet.

    Another villager said the water is not drinkable, and they have to get water from outside.

    People from surrounding areas won’t buy vegetables from these contaminated villages. So, residents have no choice but to eat their own crops due to financial hardship.

    People who suffer from arsenic poisoning are usually bedridden, unable to straighten their fingers, and their skin is marked with dark bumps. If the arsenic poisoning is not treated early, it develops into skin or lung cancer.

    According to Dr. Zhao Guangming, the vice president of the Huang Plant Hospital, an average of 10 people in the area have died each year from arsenic poisoning, with the highest number being 30. From 1976 to 1998, there were more than 300 deaths, he said.

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    Mining Accident in Guizhou Kills 18

    November 26, 2012

    After one of the deadliest mine accidents in almost three years and another mining accident in Gansu resulting in 20 deaths, the Voice of America reports at least 18 people have died and 5 are missing in China’s most recent mining accident:

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    The insanity of coal mining | World Socialist Party (US)

    September 21, 2012

    National Public Radio (NPR) and the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) teamed up to produce a special investigative report on the increased incidence of black lung disease in coal miners. The results of their combined investigations were released on the NPR’s radio stations on July 9–10, 2012 and broadcast on Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS) television on July 9, 2012.

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    The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone – The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone – Horrors of Mining in Indonesia

    August 28, 2012

    On May 29, in the bottom of a tin-mining pit on Bangka Island in Indonesia, a wall about 16 feet high collapsed, sending a wave of earth crashing down on a 40-year-old father of two.

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