Indonesia uncertain how many buried in mine collapse 

Nineteen people were rescued with injuries from ranging from minor to serious.

Published: 04th March 2019 12:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th March 2019 12:04 PM   |  A+A-

In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, rescuers carry a survivor from inside a collapsed mine in Bolaang Mongondow, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Indonesian authorities say they’re not certain how many people were buried in the collapse of a remote gold mine nearly a week ago but that the number could be as high as 100. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities said Monday they're not certain how many people were buried in the collapse of a remote gold mine nearly a week ago but that the number could be as high as 100.

The disaster agency said the official death toll from the collapse of the mine in North Sulawesi's Bolaang Mongondow district is nine.

Nineteen people were rescued with injuries from ranging from minor to serious.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there's "no exact data on the number of victims."

"Some say 30 people, 50 people, 60 people, even 100 people because at the time many were mining in big pits, while in small pits it was unknown," he said.

Nugroho said information from relatives is still limited because many of the miners came from other areas.

The unlicensed mine collapsed last Tuesday evening due to shifting soil and a large number of mining holes.

Informal mining operations are commonplace in Indonesia, providing a tenuous livelihood to thousands who labor in conditions with a high risk of serious injury or death.

Media access to the mine located in steep jungle terrain has been restricted since the weekend.

The search and rescue effort is now using heavy earthmoving equipment to search for victims.

A two-week emergency response period has been declared by the head of Bolaang Mongondow district.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp