11 Killed in Landslide at Illegal Coal Mine Site in South Sumatra

Local media reported that 11 road construction workers were killed on October 21 by a landslide at an illegal coal mining site in Indonesia’s South Sumatra
11 Killed in Landslide at Illegal Coal Mine Site in South Sumatra
Coal Mine Accident Indonesia

province. The workers were found buried under soil from a hill above the road, although there were no rains or other weather conditions that might otherwise have triggered a landslide at the time of the incident. The accident occurred in Penyandingan village. The victims were mostly local farmers, along with mine workers from nearby Lampung and West Java provinces. They ranged in age from 25 to 60 years old. Their bodies were taken to the Tanjung Agung community health center before being handed over to their families for burial.

Indonesia has the world’s sixth-largest proven coal reserves, with about 3.5% of global proven coal reserves. South Sumatra province, where the incident occurred, has the country’s largest known deposits of coal, which the country’s energy ministry puts at around 50.226 billion tonnes. And Muara Enim district, where the landslide occurred, has some of the province’s greatest coal resources, at an estimated 9.78 billion tonnes. Out of the total 1.1 million hectares of coal concession area in South Sumatra, around 77,930 hectares are registered in Muara Enim. These registered operations are covered by 13 coal mining permits.

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