Odisha landslide: Nine workers injured and four feared dead after incident at Coal India mine

  • Four workers are feared dead and nine have been injured in a landslide at a Coal India Limited mine in Odisha, a company spokesman said

  • One worker dying every seven days on average in 2018 in mines operated by state-run Coal India and Singreni Collieries Co Ltd, said to government data

  • In December, at least 15 miners were trapped in an illegal 'rat-hole' coal mine in the northeastern state of Meghalaya

Bhubaneshwar: Four workers are feared dead and nine have been injured in a landslide at a Coal India Limited mine in Odisha, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

India is one of the most dangerous countries to be a coal miner, with one worker dying every seven days on average in 2018 in mines operated by state-run Coal India and Singreni Collieries Company Limited, according to government data.

 Odisha landslide: Nine workers injured and four feared dead after incident at Coal India mine

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The open cast mine in Odisha, with production capacity of 20,000 tonnes a day, had been shut after the late Tuesday accident, said Dikken Mehra, a spokesman for Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, a Coal India subsidiary.

“It will take at least a week to resume operations,” Mehra said. India’s numerous illegal mines, often in remote hilly terrain, also have a poor safety record, although there is little data as many accidents go unreported.

In December, at least 15 miners were trapped in an illegal “rat-hole” coal mine in the northeastern state of Meghalaya. Thousands of workers in Meghalaya, including children, have been killed in the so-called rat-hole mines, in which miners crawl into narrow shafts on bamboo ladders to dig for low-quality coal.

Updated Date: Jul 24, 2019 12:18:06 IST