JAKARTA: Five illegal gold miners in North Sulawesi died after the mine they were in collapsed and buried them during heavy rain, Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.
The remains of the five miners, all of them residents of Bakan village, were retrieved at 7pm on Sunday, it said.
A sixth miner was yet to be accounted for, the BNPB said in a statement yesterday morning.
Many Indonesians who live on or near mine sites believe they have the right to mine the land.
Local authorities often turn a blind eye to the practice, which provides a livelihood for thousands of poor families but poses a major threat to health and the environment. — Reuters