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Four feared dead after landslide in state-run coal mine in Odisha

General view of an open coal mine near Mahagama, in the Indian state of Jharkhand on April 5, 2019. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 24, 2019, 11.13 AM (IST)

Four workers are feared dead and nine have been injured following a landslide at a Coal India Ltd mine in Odisha, news agency Reuters reported quoting a company spokesman on Wednesday.

The open cast mine in Odisha, with production capacity of 20,000 tonnes a day, had been shut after the late Tuesday accident, Dikken Mehra, a spokesman for Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, a Coal India subsidiary told.

"It will take at least a week to resume operations," Mehra said.

In December, at least 15 miners were trapped in an illegal "rat-hole" coal mine in the northeastern state of Meghalaya.

Thousands of workers in Meghalaya, including children, have been killed in the so-called rat-hole mines, in which miners crawl into narrow shafts on bamboo ladders to dig for low-quality coal.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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In December, at least 15 miners were trapped in an illegal "rat-hole" coal mine in the northeastern state of Meghalaya.