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5 dead, many feared trapped as coal mine caves in Jharkhand, PM saddened

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PATNA: Authorities have launched rescue operation after some 40 people were feared trapped inside a mine after it collapsed in Godda district of Jharkhand on Thursday night.

Rescuers have extricated five bodies so far while efforts are on to save the rest trapped inside, media reports quoting authorities said on Friday.

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“Rescuers pulled out five bodies of workers trapped in the mine so far. Rescue operation is still on. Bodies have not been identified,” in-charge, general manager, Rajmahal Opencast Project Sanjay Singh was quoted as saying in local daily Hindustan Times today.

The incident took place at Latmatia mines of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), some 250 km from Ranchi. Apart from people, several vehicles are also said to be trapped, police said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today talked to Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das and assured all support to him.

“Saddened by the loss of lives at a mine in Jharkhand. My prayers are with those trapped inside. Spoke to CM Raghubar Das on the situation,” the PM tweeted tdoay.

He added, “Jharkhand Government & Minister @PiyushGoyal are working to restore normalcy. @NDRFHQ has been engaged for rescue & relief operations”.

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