Jharkhand mine collapse: Several workers feared trapped in Lal Matia coal mine

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40-50 workers feared trapped under the debris following a coal  mine collapse in Lal Matia area of Godda district Jharkhand late on Thursday night.


Several Workers were feared trapped under debris following a coal mine collapse in Lal Matia area of Godda district late Thursday night. The mine is run by the Eastern Coalfields Limited.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das directed the DGP and Chief Secretary to initiate relief and rescue operations at the earliest. According to police, the incident occurred during the shift change late in the evening.
The mine belongs to Eastern Coalfields limited. Authorities and police have initiated rescue operations and NDRF teams from Patna is on its way to the coal mine collapse site in Lal Matia coalfield.


Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das is said to be monitoring the situation closely. He has also asked concerned officials to intensify rescue operations.
The official said that while some have put the number of trapped vehicles at eight or 10, other versions say the number could be two to three times higher.
SEVERAL WORKERS were feared trapped under debris following a coal mine collapse in Lal Matia area of Godda district late Thursday night. The mine is run by the Eastern Coalfields Limited.


Chief Minister Raghubar Das directed the DGP and Chief Secretary to initiate relief and rescue operations at the earliest. According to police, the incident occurred during the shift change late in the evening.
“As of now, there are different versions of how many machines, vehicles and people are trapped. Relief and rescue operations are being initiated,” said a police official. He said things will become clear as the relief and rescue operations proceed further.
The official said that while some have put the number of trapped vehicles at eight or 10, other versions say the number could be two to three times higher.


Top administration officials have rushed to the spot. Police sources said rescue operations were proving to be difficult to initiate as the exact extent of the damage was yet to be ascertained.
In a separate incident, four workers suffered injuries, while two of them seriously, when the roof of a mine partially collapsed at Putki Balihari area in Dhanbad district in Jharkhand on Thursday.
The mine falls under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited.



A senior district official said the 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.


The four were rescued and taken to a hospital where the condition of two of them was stated to be serious, the official said.
The two seriously injured were now under treatment at Central Hospital, Dhanbad while the other two were being treated at a local hospital in the neighbourhood of the mines and were out of danger, the official added.
The cause of the collapse was being looked into

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