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Landslide kills 4, injures 9 at a Coal India mine in Odisha

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New Delhi: A landslide at a mine owned by Coal India Limited (CIL) in Odisha has killed four workers and injured nine, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday. A spokesman for Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, Dikken Mehra, said that the open cast mine, with a total production capacity of 20,000 tonnes per day, has been shut down after the accident.

“It will take at least a week to resume operations,” Mehra said.

India’s mine safety record

According to government data, one mine worker died every seven days on an average in 2018 in mines operated by Coal India and Singreni Collieries Co Ltd, making India’s mine safety standards one of the worst in the world.

Numerous illegal mining activities also take place in India, often in remote hilly terrain. Such mines have poor safety records and accidents at these sites go unreported because there is little data.
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The Meghalaya incident

Earlier in December last year, at least 15 miners trapped in an illegal rat-hole mine in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya died. Rat-hole mining, which is rampant in the north-eastern state has killed thousands of mine workers, including children.

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