13 killed in Orissa mine accident (Lead)

November 14th, 2008 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Nov 14 (IANS) At least 13 workers were killed Friday in an open pit coal mine in Orissa’s Jajpur district when a mound of earth collapsed on them, police said. “A group of workers had gone to a quarry to extract laterite in a mining area located under Sukinda police station. A heap of earth suddenly collapsed on them,” District Superintendent of Police D.S. Kutte told IANS.

A police team rushed to the site and rescue operations were underway in Jajpur, around 150 km from here.

“So far 13 bodies have been recovered, but we fear there could be more people stuck under the debris,” the police official added.

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