Two military men of the fallen Afghan government, who worked at a coal mine in the northern province of Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover of the country, died after the mine collapsed, local sources said.
According to the sources, the mine disastrous mine collapse took place in the Shin Dara coal mine in the Nahrin district of Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan on Saturday evening, November 19.
The dead remains of these two coal mine workers have still not been retrieved and are still buried beneath the rubble as there is a danger that the mine would slide, making it impossible and extremely challenging for them to be dragged up while resulting in additional casualties.
According to the sources, both victims were former military personnel who turned to work in the coal mine for subsistence after the government was overthrown and the Taliban administration was installed.
The Taliban Baghlan police chief’s spokesman, Sher Ahmad Burhani, confirmed the tragedy and stated that efforts are being made to recover the dead bodies.
As people with no experience were recruited for mining, the Taliban official said that irregular and non-standard mining practices were the main reason the mine collapsed.
In the northern provinces of the country, incidences of mine collapses, inhalation of contaminated, poisonous, and dangerous gases and a lack of awareness of mining safety standards are the cases that occur, and workers pay the price for this irresponsibility with their lives.