Over 9 men are said to have lost their lives tragically in a mine that collapsed around 7:30 PM in Jharkand. About 23 people are still missing and there are a few dozen vehicle that are still stuck under tons of earth. The event occurred at Lalmatia in Jharkand, which is an open cast mine in the Godda district. Hundreds of emergency workers are currently working overtime to ensure that there is minimum loss to life and property. In addition to this there are over 200 rescue workers of the National Disaster Management Authority who are working at the site. A NDRF management team was the first to reach the spot from Patna.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the Jharkhand Government and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal were working in tandem to restore normalcy. The mine is owned and operated by the state owned Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL). The mine workers are not government employees, but they are employed with a private contractor.
Jhakhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakhs to the family of the deceased and Rs 25,000 to those injured in the accident. ECL has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the deceased.