Indonesian authorities launch rescue mission as mine collapses

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Indonesian officials announced dozens of rescuers were using spades and ropes to dig out more than 60 people who were feared buried by the collapse of an illegal gold mine on the island of Sulawesi that killed at least three.

According to rescuers voices of the ones trapped could be heard in makeshift mining shafts in a muddy hillside in the Bolaang Mongondow area of North Sulawesi province and believed many were still alive.

Abdul Muin Paputungan of Indonesia’s disaster agency commented, “We are able to detect that many of them are still alive because we can hear their voices, as there are some places where air is getting in and out and there are gaps in the mud.”

So far three bodies had been found and 15 people rescued earlier this morning after the mine collapsed the yesterday evening, according to the disaster mitigation agency and media reports.

The Indonesian government has banned such small-scale gold mining, although regional authorities often turn a blind eye to the practice in more remote areas. With little regulation, the mines are prone to accidents.



Source: Smart Trend Team