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Unprecedented coalmine accident in Jharkhand

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Jharkhand: CMD, Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), has reported that a total of 9 bodies of workmen have been recovered from the accident site of Lalmatia in Jharkhand so far.

The incident looks unprecedented. An area of 300 x 110 sq m of the solid floor of the over burden dump area had caved in yesterday by about 35 m, dragging down about 9.5 million cu m of earth and killing the victims mentioned above. This could be due to the failure of the bench edge along the hidden faultline or slip.

An inquiry has been instituted into the incident by the Director General of Mines Safety and a high-level committee of experts has been constituted by Coal India Limited to probe 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 RR Amitabh, GM – Mining, is in charge of control room. His contact number is 9771447171.

The company has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased, in addition to the amount to be paid under the Workmen’s Compensation Act. All the necessary help to the families of the deceased is being extended by the ECL. Two persons have met with injuries and treated in the only hospital of the area. One of them has been sent to Durgapur for further treatment.

The senior management of ECL and Jharkhand government officials have been supervising the rescue operations since last evening. Till 2 PM today, all 10 excavators and dump trucks have been extracted. An NDRF team has also been engaged for rescue and relief operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed sadness over loss of lives in the coal mine accident in Jharkhand. “Saddened by the loss of lives at a mine in Jharkhand. My prayers are with those trapped inside. Spoke to CM Raghubar Das on the situation. Jharkhand government & Minister Piyush Goyal are working to restore normalcy. NDRF has been engaged for rescue & relief operations”, the Prime Minister said

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