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3 killed, 1 missing as mine collapses in Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
At least three people were killed and one remained missing after a tin mine collapsed in Indonesia's Bangka Belitung province, after the body of one more miner was retrieved on Sunday, a disaster agency official said.

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The incident happened on Saturday at a tin mine owned by Indonesian firm PT Timah, located in Silingsing village of Belitung Timur district, head of operational and emergency unit of the provincial disaster management agency Aswind Abu Nawar said.

"A hill of sand suddenly fell down and hit miners who were working in the area, burying four out of the 10 miners there," he told Xinhua via phone from the province.

The miners were partners of the company. They worked in the firm's mine area and sold all the results of their works to the firm, said Aswind.

The search and rescue operation had been underway since Saturday and will resume on Monday, he said.

The operation involved soldiers, police, personnel from search and rescue office, disaster management agency office and volunteers, said Aswind.

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