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

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

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

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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.

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)