Jharkhand, India Dec 30, 2016, 03.30 AM(IST)

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At least 50 people are feared to be trapped after a coal mine collapsed in the Godda district of the Indian state of Jharkhand on Thursday night.

“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 told Indian Express.

Administration officials and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team were rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations.

Those who were injured have been rushed to the hospital.

The mine falls under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited.

A senior district official said four contractual workers were taking cable to a shaft of the hydro mines in lift when a part of the roof suddenly caved in trapping them.


(with inputs from DNA and PTI)