Nine miners were killed and several others feared trapped following a mishap in Lalmatia opencast coal mine at Rajmahal area of Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) last night, as per the media reports.
CMD, Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) has reported that a total of 9 bodies of workmen have been recovered from the accident site so far. Two persons have met with injuries and treated in the area hospital. One of them has been sent to Durgapur for further treatment.
The official further said that, the company has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakhs 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 ECL.
Meanwhile, senior management of ECL and State Government officials have been supervising the rescue operations since Thursday evening. Till 2P.M. on Friday, all 10 excavators and dump trucks have been extracted.
Moreover, NDRF team has also been engaged for rescue and relief operations.
The Ministry of Coal said in a statement that, prima facie, it is observed that the incidence is unprecedented, since an area of 300 m length by 110 m wide solid floor of the over burden dump area has slid down by about 35 m involving around 9.5 million cubic meters of earth material. This could be due to failure of the bench edge along the hidden fault line/slip.