Death toll from North Sulawesi mine landslide rises to 27

Death toll from North Sulawesi mine landslide rises to 27

Death toll from a landslide in a smallholder mining site in Bakan Village, Bolaang Mongondow District, North Sulawesi Province, rose to 27 as of Wednesday (06/03/2019). ANTARA PHOTO/Adwit B Pramono/pras.

Manado, N Sulawesi, (ANTARA News) - Death toll from a landslide in a smallholder mining site in Bakan Village, Bolaang Mongondow District, North Sulawesi Province, rose to 27 as of Wednesday morning.

The joint Search and Rescue (SAR) team found another body on Wednesday at 8:18 a.m. local time and sent it to Kotamobagu Hospital for identification.

Tens of gold miners were buried as a mining site collapsed in Bakan Village on February 27, 2019. Eighteen miners survived the disaster.

"Tens of gold miners are buried by a landslide in an illegal gold mining site on February 27, 2019, at 9 p.m. local time," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), noted on his Twitter account, last Wednesday.

Deputy for Operation, Search, and Help of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Nugroho Budi Wiryanto had earlier remarked that the SAR team will continue to evacuate those still trapped in the mining site.

"We will continue to evacuate them using heavy duty equipment," he noted.

Wiryanto said he was unaware of the exact number of people still trapped in the mining site.

Reporting by Karel Polakitan, Fardah A

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