Weeks later, Bamyan coalmine fire still burns: residents
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): The coalmine of Eshpeshta area of Kohmard district of central Bamyan province caught fire few weeks ago and no measures have been taken so far to extinguish the blaze, local residents and officials said on Wednesday.
“We have informed officials about the fire, but they are yet to take any step to extinguish it,” a resident of the area, Abdul Kabir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“If the fire is not controlled, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of coal would be turned into ashes," he said.
“When the entrance to the coal tunnel is not closed, the coal comes in contact with oxegen and catches fire,” a resident of Duab district, Ghulam Hazrat, who resides near the mine, said.
He said there were hundreds of tunnels which had been dug by people irresponsibly and their entrances remained open.
“People are illegal extracting coal, no one knows what is the condition of the mine, but we can see from far away that is smoke rising from some parts of the mine,” he said.
The Kohmard district chief, Hadi Seghani, confirmed the coalmine had caught fire, but said he did not know how much coal had been burnt.
He said the mines ministry or coal enterprise officials in the north should prevent the rest of the coalmine from being gutted by fire.
However, the coal enterprise director in the north, Eng. Dad Mohammad Zazai, was unaware of the fire.
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