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Death toll at Gupta coal mine rises to six

Coal News - Published on Fri, 08 Feb 2019

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Times Live reported that the number of people killed by a gas explosion at Gloria coal mine in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, has risen to six, and more than 20 others remain trapped. The representative of the creditor protection team at the mine, Michael Elliot, said more people still stuck underground in the unused mine are presumed dead.

Mr Elliot told Reuters over the phone that "As I've been informed, there are six deceased people in this point in time that have been taken to the mortuary.”

He said that rescue efforts were hampered by dangerously high levels of toxic gas underground. Mr Elliot said that "We first have to restore power to the mine and we have to restore the ventilation to make it safe and once it's safe ... then we will go and recover these people that are missing.”

The mine is owned by Tegeta Resources and Exploration, which is undergoing creditor protection after its owners, the Gupta brothers, found it difficult to continue doing business in the country following corruption allegations against them.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Fri, 08 Feb 2019
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