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Landslide Engulfs Illegal Gold Mine in Indonesia, Leaving Dozens Missing and Raising Safety Concerns

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Landslide Engulfs Illegal Gold Mine in Indonesia, Leaving Dozens Missing

Tragedy struck a remote village in Indonesia on Sunday when a landslide tore through an unauthorized gold mining area, burying makeshift camps and claiming the lives of at least 11 people. The incident, triggered by torrential rains, has left dozens more missing and sparked concerns about the dangers of informal mining practices.

Over 100 villagers were engaged in gold mining activities when tons of mud cascaded down the surrounding hills, engulfing their camps. Rescue workers have been tirelessly searching through the debris, hampered by heavy rains, unstable terrain, and the rugged landscape. As of Tuesday, 23 survivors have been pulled out alive, including 18 injured individuals. However, the death toll is expected to rise as 51 people remain unaccounted for.

The landslide also caused significant damage to nearby villages, with nearly 300 houses affected and over 1,000 residents displaced. Floodwaters reached the roofs of houses in five villages, forcing residents to seek refuge in safer locations.

The incident highlights the perilous conditions faced by informal miners in Indonesia. These individuals often work in hazardous environments with minimal safety measures, putting them at risk of serious injury or death. Landslides, flooding, and tunnel collapses are just some of the dangers they confront daily.

This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the need for stricter regulations and improved safety standards in the informal mining sector. It also underscores the importance of providing alternative livelihood options for those who rely on these dangerous practices for their survival.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09