A day after a stone quarry collapsed in India’s Mizoram state, the bodies of 12 migrant workers were recovered.
Searches were still underway on Tuesday for four more missing workers, believed to be buried under rocks.
A stone quarry collapsed in Mizoram on Monday, trapping 12 workers.
India’s National Disaster Response Force said, “The bodies will be identified after post-mortem examination. The search operation is still ongoing and will continue until all the missing are found.”
Workers at the mine in the Maudar area of Hnathial district in Mizoram were reported to have collapsed shortly after returning from their midday meal.
It is known that at that time, the workers with five Hitachi excavators and other drilling machines were buried inside the mine.
Soon after the incident, volunteers from local Leith village and Hnathial town reached the spot to carry out the rescue operation. State Disaster Response Force, BSF and Assam Rifles were also called in to assist in search and rescue operations.
Stone was being extracted from this mine for two and a half years.