10 trapped as landslides hit coal mine in Indonesia's South Kalimantan

Illustrative photo of an open-pit coal mine in Jambi, south Sumatra, in Indonesia. - AFP

JAKARTA (Xinhua): Ten miners have been trapped underground as landslides struck a coal mine in South Kalimantan province in central Indonesia, a senior disaster official said on Tuesday (Jan 26).

The landslides occurring outside the underground area from Sunday night to Monday afternoon triggered mud flow and submerged the site, head of the Emergency Unit of the Provincial Disaster Management Agency Abdul Rahim told Xinhua via phone.

"The mud has fully submerged the underground area located in lower spots. Ten miners were working in the lower spots. We expect them to have moved to the higher places before the sites were inundated, so they can survive," he told Xinhua, adding that food supplies with the miners are only sufficient for three days.

A total of 22 people were working at the mine when the accident took place, 12 of whom escaped but suffered wounds, according to the official.

Rescue efforts resumed on Tuesday focusing on removing the mud with pumps, so that the rescuers can enter the underground site, he said.

"Still, the strength of the pumps that we have is still weak. We need more pumps with higher power," Rahim said.

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