7 killed after coal mine collapses in Jharkhand, several workers trapped inside
The police and administration have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway. NDRF teams have also been rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations
At least seven workers were killed and many others remain trapped in Jharkhand, hours after a mine roof collapsed late on Thursday.
According to NDTV, senior police official RK Mallik said that 23 people are missing, though mine officials said they believe about 10 people remain trapped. Seven bodies have been found so far.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das tweeted that he has directed speedy rescue and relief operations.
गोड्डा खदान दुर्घटना के पीड़ितों के लिए राहत और बचाव कार्यों में तेजी रखने का निर्देश दिया। आला अधिकारियों को घटना स्थल पर रहने को कहा है।
— Raghubar Das (@dasraghubar) December 30, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the incident saying the government is doing the best to restore normalcy.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 30, 2016
A large part of the mine roof collapsed near the entrance of the Lalmatia mines in the Godda district of Jharkhand. To rescue the trapped in the debris, rescue workers are using mechanical diggers.
"We are trying to make contact with them. We cannot comment whether they are trapped inside the mine or under the debris," Niladri Roy, general manager Eastern Coalfields Limited, told news agency AFP.
Mr Roy added that a section of the mine roof is suspected to have collapsed as when the workers were going towards the exit gate around 7.30 pm. No immediate explanation for the collapse was not available.
The workers are employed by a private contractor and work for 24 hours.