Jakarta, Mar 2 : The death toll from collapse of a gold mine in Indonesia has reached nine while several others sustained injuries, according to the National Disaster Management official said on Saturday.
At least 60 miners were working underground on Tuesday when the incident hit the unlicensed mine in Bakan village of Bolaang Mongondow district in Sulawesi. So far, 19 miners have been rescued. However, the official said the search and rescue efforts persisted.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency, said that poor geographical condition of the mine, which is situated in steep slopes, has also slowed the rescue operation.
Poor mine infrastructure and too many holes dug by miners amid unstable soil condition were blamed for the incident, according to the agency. (UNI)