Coal mine accident in Odisha: At least four persons were killed and nine others sustained injuries at a state-run coal mine due to a landslide in Odisha’s Talcher district on Wednesday. Reports said 13 labourers are still trapped at the open cast mine owned by the Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL). The injured were rushed to the nearest Central hospital for treatment while rescue operations are underway.
The incident occurred at Bharatpur between 11 pm-11.30 pm on Tuesday when blasting process was underway at the open cast mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in Talcher city. Local officials said the landslide was triggered by a controlled explosion at the site.
MCL’s Director (Technical/Operations) and Director (Personnel) have rushed to Talcher to monitor the rescue operations and assess the damage. The mine has been shut after the accident.
The open cast mine has a daily production capacity of 20,000 tonnes, reports said.
In December 2018, as many as 15 miners had lost their lives in an illegal rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya after it collapsed when water from a nearby river seeped into the mine.