Police chief of Mandailing Natal district in north Sumatra island, Marlon Rajagukguk, said 14 women were working in a well about two meters deep on Thursday when the landslide occurred. reported the website Notícias ao Minuto.
Jakarta, Indonesia | A two-hour search and rescue operation managed to rescue two injured women and remove the bodies of 12 other women from the rubble, Rajagukguk said.
The official also said that authorities had, before Thursday’s landslide, closed illegal gold mines in a remote area of the district, the main source of gold panned traditionally by residents. Informal mining operations are common in Indonesia, providing a livelihood for thousands of people, working in hazardous conditions with a high risk of serious injury or death.
Landslides, floods and tunnel collapses are just some of the dangers faced by miners.
Much of gold ore processing involves mercury and cyanide, highly toxic substances, and workers often use little or no protection.
The country’s last major mining-related accident occurred in February 2019, causing 40 deaths, when a makeshift wooden structure at an illegal gold mine in the province of Celebes do Norte collapsed due to changes in the soil and a large number of pits. mining.
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