Indonesia sandslide buries 25 miners

October 31st, 2008 - 11:54 am ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Oct 31 (Xinhua) At least 25 sand miners were buried in a sandslide in the country’s eastern Sulawesi Island, the health ministry said Friday.The head of crisis centre Rustam Pakaya said the mishap occurred Thursday when the miners were collecting sand in a local sand mine.

“A huge amount of sand fell down and buried the 25 people yesterday afternoon,” Pakaya said.

The rescue operation was underway as none of the bodies were yet found, he said.

Lack of safety regulations and measures has been blamed for the accident.

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