Lal Matia :
Several miners were feared trapped in an open cast coal mine collapse at Rajmahal area of Central Coalfields Ltd in Jharkhand late on Thursday night. The company has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the family of the deceased, in addition to the amount to be paid under the Workmen's Compensation Act.
Here are live updates:
#Jharkhand Mine Collapse toll increases to 10. Rescue and relief operations continue. (5:20PM)
#Jharkhand mine collapse: 9 bodies recovered so far, all 10 mining equipment extracted.
#Jharkhand (Lalmatia) mine collapse: Death toll rises to 7, rescue operations underway
Jharkhand (Lalmatia) mine collapse: Death toll rises to 7, rescue operations underway pic.twitter.com/HE9GjtaKrN— ANI (@ANI_news) December 30, 2016
#Enquiry ordered by the Director General of Mines Safety says Coal Ministry
#High level committee of experts constituted by Coal India Ltd to investigate into causes of mine collapse
# Death toll rises to 7, rescue operations underway.
# Prime Minister speaks to Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das,enquires about mine collapse. Das announces Rs 2 lakh for the deceased, 25000 for the injured.
# Rescue teams have recovered 4 bodies till now, one more body visible; work underway:Rajiv Ranjan Mishra CMD ECL & WCL
#Three more NDRF teams from Patna, and one from Ranchi enroute to Lalmatia mine collapse site.
#According to rules, 1 person is allowed per equipment & as 2 dumpers fled during incident, so number of ppl trapped may be less than 7.
#3 excavators,7 dumpers were identified at mining site where incident took place, 2 dumpers fled when land subsided,
#Rescue op started yesterday and it is in full swing , power cut was restored within 3 hours.
#Taking stock of situation, rescue efforts underway; enquiry has been initiated: Power and coal minister Piyush Goyal.
#One NDRF team from Patna enroute to Jharkhand mine collapse site in Lalmatia
#CM Raghubar Das monitoring situation closely, asks concerned officials to intensify rescue operations.
Jharkhand (Lalmatia) mine collapse: 40-50 workers feared trapped under the debris, rescue operations on. NDRF team from Patna on the way. pic.twitter.com/E0q9MLdDuR
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 30, 2016
Jharkhand (Lalmatia) mine collapse: 40-50 workers feared trapped under the debris, rescue operations on. NDRF team from Patna on the way. pic.twitter.com/fYyK0XAhmI— ANI (@ANI_news) December 30, 2016
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.
Expressing concern on incident of Jharkhand coal mine collapse, Power and coal minister, Piyush Goyal said that he has been taking stock of situation and rescue efforts is underway. The minister said that enquiry has been initiated.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das is said to be monitoring the situation closely. He has also asked concerned officials to intensify rescue operations.
Commenting on the situation, Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of Eastern Coalfields limited (ECL) and WCL, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra said that "rescue operations started yesterday and it is in full swing, power cut was restored within 3 hours.
Prima facie, it is observed that the incidence is unprecedented, since an area of 300 m length by 110 m wide solid floor of the Over Burden dump area has slid down by about 35 m involving around 9.5 million cubic meters of earth material. An Inquiry has been ordered in the incident by the Director General of Mines Safety and a High Level Committee of Experts has been constituted by Coal India Limited to investigate into the causes of the accident.
A control room has been set up at the project office of Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project of ECL and Shri R.R. Amitabh, GM, Mining is in charge of control room and his contact no. is 9771447171.