Collapse of illegal tin mine kills two

Update: August, 07/2015 - 17:04
An illegal tin mine in Lac Duong District, Central Highland, Lam Dong Province, collapsed yesterday, killing two miners. — Photo

LAM DONG (VNS) — Police are investigating the cause of the collapse of an illegal tin mine, which killed two miners in this province's Lac Duong District, Central Highland, the district People's Committee said.

The mine, located in Zone 140, under the supervision of the Da Nhim Forest Management Unit, reportedly collapsed yesterday, killing Nguyen Thanh Vu, 24, and Le Thuong Thu, 21, from the central Quang Nam Province. Rescuers managed to pull one miner out from under the rubble and retrieved the bodies of the deceased.

Despite the local authority's efforts to shut down illegal mining operations, more than ten of these mines continued to run. Pham Trieu, chairman of the district People's Committee, said illegal miners often hid in the forest when the authorities came and returned to their sites later.

The collapsed mine was among the sites that had previously been sealed by the local authority. Miners had recently returned to the site and broken in to dig for tin when the incident took place.

The authority has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the incident. — VNS