Landslide kills 11 miners in Indonesia
Published: 03:35 PM, 22 October 2020
A landslide sparked by heavy rains has killed at least 11 miners at a coal mine in Indonesia’s South Sumatra province on Wednesday.
According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, the victims were about 20 meters underground at an unlicensed coal mine near a village in South Sumatra province.
“The ground wasn’t firm because heavy rains have hit the area recently,” said Ansori, an official with the local disaster mitigation agency, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
Raditya Jati, a spokesperson at disaster mitigation authority said, “Seasonal rains in recent days have caused the landslide.”
Earlier this year, nine people were killed by a landslide at an abandoned gold mine in West Sumatra province.
Last year, at least 16 people were buried alive when a mine collapsed in North Sulawesi, where five miners were killed a few months earlier in a similar accident.