10 miners killed in colliery mishap in Jharkhand
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 31 Dec 2016 08:07:47|
TEN miners were killed and an unspecified number feared trapped when a massive mound of earth came crashing down on them at Lalmatia open cast coal mine of Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) on Thursday night, the worst such disaster in over a decade. Heavy machinery was deployed as rescuers, including those from the NDRF, toiled through the day extricating bodies and looking for survivors.
“Unfortunately, the casualties have increased from seven in the morning to 10,” the Coal Ministry said.
“Rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL)/Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), State Government and experts have been continuously carrying out rescue work at the accident site of ECL’s Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project in district Godda, Jharkhand,” the statement said. Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDIL, the
consultancy arm of Coal India Ltd., has deployed magneto meters along with imaging system for locating magnetic and conductive material up to a depth of 80 metres.
All 10 excavators and dump trucks which were swamped under the debris have been recovered. Das said an assistance of Rs two lakh will be given to the families of the miners who died in the accident, while ECL also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs five lakh each to these families, in addition to the amount to be paid under the Workmen’s Compensation Act.