Illegal miners die in cave-in

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