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Fatal Indian mine collapse leaves dozens trapped

Fatal Indian mine collapse leaves dozens trapped
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By Christopher Cummins with Agencies
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Mudslide smothers entrance in Jharkhand

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At least ten people have been killed with dozens feared trapped after a mine collapsed at an Indian government-owned complex in Godda district.

#Jharkhand: Over 40 workers feared trapped in #Lalmatia mine collapse https://t.co/SwBjtdkB7Bpic.twitter.com/Hc6t3FbJlt

— Deccan Herald (@TheDeccanHerald) December 30, 2016

Emergency services say the disaster was caused by a mudslide, which smothered the entrance.

The accident happened on Thursday evening, but thick smog prevented rescue teams from entering the pit until early Friday morning.

PM expresses sadness over loss of lives in coal mine accident in Jharkhand https://t.co/JzuOXb8sLk
via NMApp pic.twitter.com/HHZJFoRsqC

— Amit Mishra (@amitkalraj) December 30, 2016

The mine is in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand home to some of India’s largest mines.

The area has a poor safety record and security standards are routinely ignored.

4 workers injured in mine roof collapse in Jharkhandhttps://t.co/gIbrGAd6uPpic.twitter.com/QmJftRvz8L

— Eenadu India (@Eenadu_English) December 30, 2016

Authorities expect the number of fatalities to rise.

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