Illegal gold mine in Indonesia collapses trapping 43
So far, rescuers have found at least 3 dead bodies and rescued 14 miners.
SULAWESI, INDONESIA — At least 43 people are trapped inside an illegal gold mine in Sulawesi, Indonesia, according to local authorities.
According to the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency, a landslide has trapped roughly 43 people inside an illegal gold mine in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Local authorities say the landslide happened on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. local time causing the mine's supportive beams and planks to collapse.
According to national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho to Reuters, rescuers have found at least 3 dead bodies and rescued 14 miners.
Conditions near the mine remain dangerous forcing local authorities and rescue teams to use simple tools such as spades and ropes to search for survivors.
Small scale gold-mining is illegal but local authorities fail to report them and often overlook the practice. Accidents are a common occurrence in these mines due to the lack of regulation.
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