Four labourers suffocate as well collapses in Mithi

DC Tharparkar said it took time for equipment to arrive, and hospital was also far from the village


News Desk June 14, 2020
PHOTO: EXPRESS

Four workers were killed after a well they were digging suddenly collapsed in Rarko village of Mithi Nangarparkar tehsil in Tharparkar on Sunday.

The victims belonged to the Kohli community and were identified as Jalo Mill, Wankji, Mahasangh and Karman.

According to reports, a 16-feet deep well suddenly collapsed burying the workers inside.

The men were digging the well in an agricultural field of a village resident to prepare it for tilling.

After the incident, the local administration recovered their bodies with the help of cranes.

While confirming the deaths, Deputy Commissioner Tharparkar Dr Shehzad Tahir Thahim said the well was moist because of which it collapsed during digging.

A prompt rescue operation was launched but it took time for the machines to arrive, he said. The village was also very far from the city due to which the workers died before they could be administered medical aid, the DC further stated.

Earlier this year, over 90 employees of Engro Polymer and Chemicals Limited were rushed to a hospital on Friday after they fell sick following a gas leak, caused by a chlorine gas pipeline burst, at the company’s polyvinyl chloride manufacturing factory near Port Qasim.

The lax attitude of government authorities towards worker safety, rescue equipment and operations has resulted in the deaths of many labourers in the country, especially those working in underdeveloped rural areas.

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