As many as six labourers were killed while on duty in the surrounding areas of Sargodha on Wednesday. Rescue officials said a total of eight labourers working on a stone crushing site were buried under a landslide.
Rescue officials reached the site after being informed of the incident and retrieved six bodies and two injured with the help of heavy machinery. The injured labourers, said to be in a critical state, have been shifted to a hospital for treatment.
According to eye-witnesses, the incident occurred when the labourers began climbing up a mountain using ropes so they could place explosives for blasting. However, before they could reach their designated position, a landslide occurred, taking the labourers with them. Sources said that in the last 15 days, nine people have died in the area in similar accidents.—INP