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Jharkhand coal mine collapse: At least four killed, over 40 feared trapped; Modi speaks to CM Raghubar Das

At least four people were killed and over 40 are feared trapped after a coal mine of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) collapsed in Jharkhand’s Lalmatia in Godda district on Thursday night.

Four bodies have been recovered by rescue teams and search operation is underway.

According to the Chairman and Managing Director of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) and Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) Rajiv Ranjan Mishra the rescue work is underway and the team is able to locate one more body under the debris.

Some machineries of a private company along with over 40 workers are suspected to be trapped inside the debris.

“As of now, there are different versions of how many machines, vehicles and people are trapped. Relief and rescue operations are being initiated,” a police official told Indian Express.

Administration officials and NDRF team were rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations. Additional manpower comprising one government official, two inspectors, 21 CISF from Eastern Coal Field Limited, Sheetalpur headquarter has been rushed to the site.

Those who were injured have been admitted to Urjanagar hospital.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that he has directed speedy rescue and relief efforts.

“All senior officials have been asked to stay at the site,” he said on twitter.

गोड्डा खदान दुर्घटना के पीड़ितों के लिए राहत और बचाव कार्यों में तेजी रखने का निर्देश दिया। आला अधिकारियों को घटना स्थल पर रहने को कहा है।

— Raghubar Das (@dasraghubar) December 30, 2016