Marble quarry collapsed in Pakistan, at least 19 dead so far

A marble quarry in northwest Pakistan collapsed last night. It killed at least nineteen people. The local police think there are still about twenty people trapped under the rubble.

Dozens of people were working at the quarry in the Mohmand-district when things went wrong. Because part of the quarry collapsed, large boulders fell on the workers. Rescue workers are still searching for missing persons.

The police chief of the district tells the Reuters news agency that forty to fifty people were still present. “Normally that’s a larger number, but fortunately most of them had already finished work and gone home.”

The police suspect that the terrain was unstable because of the heavy explosives used to break up the rock. A lot of white marble is mined in the area, which is not only sold in Pakistan, but also exported to other countries.