Jharkhand (Lalmatia) mine collapse: 40-50 workers feared trapped under the debris, rescue operations on. NDRF team from Patna on the way. pic.twitter.com/E0q9MLdDuR
Dozens of vehicles and machinery were covered and trapped under piles of debris, officials said.
The mine is operated by the government-owned Eastern Coalfields Limited.
Officials said that more than 250 metres of mine collapsed as the workers headed towards the exit gate at about 7:30pm local time on Thursday. There was no immediate explanation for the collapse.
Jharkand is one of India’s poorest states. Almost 40 percent of its population lives beneath the poverty line while more than half of the states’ districts have poverty levels that exceed 40 percent.