Around 7.30 pm, around 820 feet high mine collapsed in the Jharkhand’s Godda district. The mine is operated by the government-owned Eastern Coalfields Limited.
Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far, while 23 people are missing. About 40 workers are still suggested to be trapped under the debris. According to police officials, several vehicles were also trapped.
Discovered workers who were found injured were admitted into a nearby hospital at Mahagama in Godda.
Umpteen number of vehicles are stuck under massive earth. Hundreds of emergency workers struggled overnight to rescue the men at the Lalmatia open cast mine in
Authorities deployed and sent more than 200 rescue workers from the central National Disaster Management Authority to the accident spot to help with rescue work.
Jharkhand is known as the richest mineral zones in India. Over about 29 percent of the country’s coal deposits are present in this state.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das has asked all the officials to bolster the rescue work and restore the situation to normalcy as soon as possible. Post the event, the minister tweeted, “All senior officials have been asked to stay at the site.”
“Jharkhand Government & Minister @PiyushGoyal are working to restore normalcy,” tweeted PM Narendra Modi.
“Saddened by the loss of lives at a mine in Jharkhand. My prayers are with those trapped inside. Spoke to CM Raghubar Das on the situation,” Modi said on twitter.