Jharkhand mine collapse: Four bodies recovered, rescue operation on; PM Modi saddened

3Ranchi: In a horrific incident, a coal mine caved-in in Jharkhand on Thursday night, trapping several people and vehicles. Rescue teams have recovered four bodies till now.
According to Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, the chairman-cum-managing director of Western Coalfields Ltd and Eastern Coalfields Ltd, one more body is visible and will be taken out soon.
“Land collapsed at the mine in Godda district at around 7.30 pm last night when excavators and tippers were working there. Rescue operations were launched immediately.
He said at least three excavators and seven tippers were among those trapped, adding that nothing could be said immediately about the fate of the workers until the debris is removed.
Unofficial sources, however, said that it could be anywhere between 10 to 15 persons.
He said that rescue operations were on in full swing.
Director General of Mines Safety and higher officials of CCL were there to supervise the rescue operation, Mishra said adding that he is also rushing to the site.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das is monitoring the situation closely and has asked the concerned officials to intensify rescue operations. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal said he was taking stock of the situation. Rescue efforts are underway and an inquiry has been initiated, added Goyal.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was likely to reach here by noon, officials said.
As per police, a heap of mud caved in at the entry point of Latmatia mines of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) in Godda district.
At the time of the cave-in at the Rajmahal Open Cast Mines of Paharia Bhorya site, more than 40 vehicles were inside, reported news agency IANS.
“The exact number of people and vehicle trapped inside is not known. This could only become clear after the rescue operation starts,” said Harilal Chauhan, Godda Superintendent of Police, earlier.
The locals said that there was a crack in the heap of mud which collapsed and blocked the entry point of the mine.
Mining operations were taking place about 200 feet beneath the ground.

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