1 dead and dozens feared trapped after landslide engulfs illegal Indonesian gold mine


1 dead and dozens feared trapped after landslide engulfs illegal Indonesian gold mine

A landslide that engulfed an illegal gold mine in Indonesia has killed at least one person and left dozens feared trapped. Fourteen others have been rescued.

The landslide struck at 9 p.m. local time Tuesday in the village of Bakan, in North Sulawesi.

Rescuers are now working to save “dozens of unlicensed” trapped miners, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Board for Disaster Management, said in a tweet.

According to another disaster management agency official, Abdul Muin Paputungan, there are at least 60 miners still trapped.

Video posted by the spokesman showed helmeted rescue workers struggling to access the site, a steeply sloped area churned up by the landslide and dotted with shattered trees and displaced boulders.

Deadly landslides occur periodically in the Southeast Asian country. In 2016, floods and landslides killed 35 people in the province of Central Java.

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