Orissa mine mishap toll rises to 15 (Second Lead)

November 14th, 2008 - 9:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Nov 14 (IANS) At least 15 workers were killed Friday while extracting laterite from a quarry in Orissa’s Jajpur district when a mound of earth collapsed on them, the police said.”A group of workers had gone to a quarry to extract laterite in a mining area located under Sukinda police station. A portion of the quarry suddenly collapsed on them,” District Superintendent of Police D.S. Kutey told IANS. Laterite is a stone used as a building material.

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

“So far 15 bodies have been recovered, but we fear there could be two or three more people stuck under the debris as the exact numbers of workers engaged in the work was still unknown,” the police official added.

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