Wooden structures in the mine in Bolaang Mongondow district collapsed on Tuesday evening Images from the scene showed rescue teams and local people working through the night to carry survivors off a mud-covered hillside. Small-scale gold mining is banned in Indonesia, but remains widespread in rural areas. The country has numerous unlicensed gold mining sites that have few, if any regulated, safety standards. One body confirmed dead in this accident has been pulled out from the rubble and 13 people have been rescued with a range of injuries.
Rescuers at the scene
Authorities don’t know how many hours of oxygen the trapped miners had left. “They will have hours to survive, maybe a maximum of two days, it depends,” Gatot Sugiharto, the head of Indonesia’s Citizen Mining Association, said. It is estimated that there are still dozens of victims trapped in the rubble of mine excavation holes. A number of groups and agencies including rescue agency Basarnas, the Indonesian army, police and local miners are involved in the rescue efforts. The remoteness of the location was complicating the operation. Earth-moving equipment and ambulances cannot reach the location.