Five Miners Killed, Two Wounded As Landslides Hit Central Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Five bodies have been retrieved from the affected areas and two others sustained injuries, after landslides hit a diamond mine, in South Kalimantan province of central Indonesia, a disaster agency official said here.

The disaster took place when miners were mining diamond at the traditional mine in Sei Pumpung village of Banjarbaru town, spokesman of the national disaster management agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said.

Days of torrential rains triggered landslides, and soils containing rocks and sands was unstable at the scene, sliding down and hitting the miners, the spokesman said.

Five out of the seven miners were buried by the soils with a thickness of 15 metres.

Landslides are frequent at the traditional pearl mine.

Source: NAM News Network