Marble quarry collapse in Pakistan kills 17

International Desk
8 September 2020, Tue
Published: 03:03

Marble quarry collapse in Pakistan kills 17

A collapse at a marble quarry in a remote area of Pakistan on Monday has killed at least 17 people, and 11 others are missing.

Police said, adding that the terrain may have been unstable due to the use of heavy explosives used to break apart the stone.

Rescue workers, including Pakistani soldiers, continued to dig through the rubble to find survivors on Tuesday.

The quarry is located in the Ziarat area of Mohmand in western Pakistan, along the border with Afghanistan. The area is known for its high quality white marble, both sold in Pakistan and exported to other countries.

Between 40 and 50 people were at the site at the time of the collapse which occurred Monday evening, Tariq Habib, district police chief of Mohmand district told Reuters.