11 dead as illegal coal mine in South Sumatra collapses


JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): An illegal coal mine in Tanjung Lalang village, Tanjung Agung district, Muaraenim regency, South Sumatra collapsed on Wednesday (Oct 21)afternoon, killing 11 miners in the landslide.

“The victims are miners who worked in the 20-metre deep tunnel-like mine. A landslide occurred as the soil became unstable during heavy rain, ” Ansori, the emergency division head at the South Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency, said on Wednesday evening.

Muaraenim police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Doni Eka Syahputra said a joint team comprising police, mine workers and local authorities have evacuated all 11 bodies from the site with the help of an excavator. The bodies have been taken to the nearest community health centere (Puskesmas) for identification. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

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