Indonesia: Seven dead, dozens trapped after an illegal gold mine collapsed in North Sulawesi

Author: Agence France-Presse, The Jakarta Post, Published on: 3 March 2019

"Seven dead, dozens buried in North Sulawesi mine collapse", 28 February 2019

At least seven people have died and dozens more are still trapped beneath the rubble of an illegal gold mine that collapsed in Bolaang Mongondow regency, North Sulawesi...as rescuers frantically searched for survivors.

...But the rescue effort at the remote site on  was hampered by steep terrain and unstable soil conditions after the collapse triggered a landslide.

...The accident happened when support beams at the unlicensed site collapsed, according to the disaster agency.

...Ground conditions at the mine were unstable due to the large number of holes dug by the miners, officials have said.

The mineral-rich Southeast Asian nation has scores of unlicensed mining sites and safety regulations are routinely flouted....

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