Two labourers were found dead after being trapped under debris following a gas explosion in a mine in Quetta Sunday morning, rescue sources said.

Chief Inspector of Mines Iftikhar Ahmed shared that six colliers were working in the mine, adding that bodies of two labourers have been taked out.

Rescue teams are presently conducting operations to rescue the remaining four miners.

According to Ahmed, the incident occurred in Sanjadi area of the province, which is 70 kilometres away from Quetta.

“The labourers will be rescued in an hour or two,” Ahmed remarked.

Fatalities in the coal-mining sector in the country are becoming commonplace highlighting the need for better labour protections. Many miners have lost their lives or suffered a physical disability in frequent accidents in the mines.