Around 40 to 50 workers were feared to be trapped in a mine after a section of the mine collapsed in the Godda district of Jharkhand on December 30.
Rescue operations have started in right earnest. Five bodies have so far been recovered. However, according to sources, the total number of deceased could anywhere be between 10 to 15 persons.
As per reports, more than 40 vehicles were inside the mine when the entry point of Rajmahal Open Cast Mines of Paharia Bhorya site caved-in. Mining operations took place 200 feet underground. Since power supply in the region was disrupted. Rescue operations could not be started immediately due to night fog.
A team of National Disaster Response Force has been sent from Patna, which will reach the site soon. The team comprises one government official, two inspectors, 21 CISF personnel from Eastern Coal Field Limited, Sheetalpur.
Things could become clearer once the rescue operations start in right earnest, said officials.
Jharkhand Chief minister M Raghubar Das said he was observing the situation and has asked officials to step up rescue operations. Union Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, after taking stock of the situation, said an enquiry has already been initiated into the ghastly incident.
It may be here noted that on December 29 four workers were injured when a mine’s roof partially collapsed at Putki Balihari area in Dhanbad district. The mine falls under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited. The injured were being treated at Central Hospital, Dhanbad.