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Child among nine killed in Pakistan mine flood

A 12-year-old boy suspected to be working illegally at a coal mine was among at least nine people killed by a flash flood at a quarry in southern Pakistan, officials said Thursday.

Miners and relatives gather outside the coal mine where at least 9 miners died after a flash flood following torrential rains inundated a coal mine, in Jhampir some 126 kilometres (100 miles) east of Karachi on July 7, 2022. A 12-year-old boy suspected to be working illegally at a coal mine was among at least nine people killed by a flash flood at a quarry in southern Pakistan, officials said Thursday. (Photo by Akram SHAHID / AFP)

A 12-year-old boy suspected to be working illegally at a coal mine was among at least nine people killed by a flash flood at a quarry in southern Pakistan, officials said Thursday.

Police said torrential monsoon rain inundated the mine in Jhampir, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Karachi.

Poverty and the weak implementation of labour laws see millions of children exploited in often hazardous work environments in Pakistan.

“The mine is about 350 feet (110 metres) deep and we are trying to recover the body of the boy,” Zahid Sheikh, a local police officer told AFP.

The chief minister of southern Sindh province, where the mine is located, has ordered an enquiry, officials said.

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