Jharkhand mine collapse: In an unfortunate incident, seven bodies have been recovered by rescue teams from the Lalmatia mine in Godda district of Jharkhand. Several workers suffered injuries and around 50 workers were feared to be trapped after the coal mine collapsed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Chief Minister Raghubar Das and enquired about the incident. Notably, the state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the victims and Rs 25,000 for the injured. The central government has been closely monitoring the situation, a report said. “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,” PM Modi said on twitter. “Taking stock of situation, rescue efforts underway; enquiry has been initiated,” Union Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal said.
An enquiry ordered by the Director General of Mines Safety, the Coal Ministry said.According to report, high level committee of experts constituted by Coal India Ltd to investigate into causes of mine collapse
It has been learned that the mine is run by the Eastern Coalfields Limited. CM Das directed the DGP and Chief Secretary to initiate relief and rescue operations at the earliest, according to The Indian Express report.
Check out Raghubar Das’s tweet
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
“Rescue operation started yesterday and is in full swing , power cut was restored within 3 hours,” CMD of ECL Rajiv Ranjan Mishra said. “3 excavators,7 dumpers were identified at mining site where incident took place, 2 dumpers fled when land subsided. According to rules, 1 person is allowed per equipment and as 2 dumpers fled during incident,so number of people trapped may be less than 7,” Mishra said. “Rescue teams have recovered 4 bodies till now, one more body visible; work underway,” he said.
“As of now, there are different versions of how many machines, vehicles and people are trapped. Relief and rescue operations are being initiated,” a police official said, adding things will become clear as the relief and rescue operations proceed further. Police sources had said rescue operations were proving to be difficult to initiate as the exact extent of the damage was yet to be ascertained.
The incident took place late last night during the change of the shift. Injured were taken to nearby hospital for treatment. Some machinery along with around 40-50 workers are suspected to be trapped inside the debris, CISF officials said. “On duty CISF sentry is safe. Rescue operation is underway and electric supply has also been disrupted” said CISF. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team from Patna is on the way, a report said. Additional manpower from Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) Sheetalpur were also pressed into rescue operation, the report said.
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(With agency inputs)