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Landslides Kill 5 in Illegal Indonesian Gold Mine

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Yapen Island in Papua, Indonesia

Yapen Island in Papua, Indonesia. Photo: Selfiana Nussy.

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Landslides in Indonesia triggered by heavy rains have killed at least five in an illegal gold mine in the west of the country, local media reported on Tuesday.

According to the daily Jakarta Post, dozens of workers were buried under the mine on Mount Pongkor in Nanggung district last Sunday at around 10 p.m. (GMT1500), some 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of the capital Jakarta.

Sunday witnessed hours of heavy downpour which caused the landslides, the report added, with search and rescue efforts ongoing amid steep terrain and bad weather.

“The deceased are yet to be identified. Three people have survived the calamity,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

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Tasnim News Agency

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