ten miners died by an explosion that occurred in a coal mine in the province of west sumatra on Friday, authorities said. Until now four people had been rescued.
“The last victim was found after a search in an 800-foot (240-meter) tunnel. Most of the victims suffered burns. The survivors experienced respiratory difficulties and were evacuated for treatment,” said Octavianto, a spokesman for the local rescue agency who, like many Indonesians, goes by one name.
The explosion, caused by an accumulation of gases, including methane, occurred at the privately owned mine in the Sawahlunto district.
Rescuers used blowers and exhaust fans to remove gases from the mine and make it safe to enter.
“The team struggled to find victims considering the location was quite difficult,” Octavianto said.
The videos distributed by the National Search and Rescue Agency they showed rescuers carrying victims on stretchers and giving them oxygen from tanks. Others showed yellow body bags being carried out of the pit.
Landslides, flooding, and tunnel collapses are some of the other dangers miners face.
In April, an overloaded truck carrying 29 people crashed into a hill and overturned near an illegal gold mine in West Papua province, killing 18 people and injuring others.
In February 2019, a makeshift wooden structure at an illegal gold mine in North Sulawesi province collapsed due to ground movement and the large number of mine shafts. More than 40 people were buried and died.
(With information from AP)