Friday, 30 December 2016

Jharkhand mine collapse: 6 Dead, 40-50 workers trapped

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At least 6 workers are confirmed dead and over 40 of them along with some machineries belonging to a private coal mining company Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) are believed to be trapped after a heap of mud caved-in at the entry point of Lalmatia mines in Godda district of Jharkhand, a CISF official said on Friday. The on duty CISF sentry is safe but at the time of the cave-in at the Rajmahal Open Cast Mines of Paharia Bhorya site, more than 40 vehicles were inside. Rescue operation could not begin due to night fog, a police official said. The locals said that there was crack in the heap of mud which collapsed and blocked the entry point of the mine. Mining operations were taking place about 200 feet beneath the ground. The operation to rescue the trapped workers will begin soon but the electric supply to the region has been disrupted.

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