Landslide at Indonesian gold mine leaves 10 dead, 43 missing

Jakarta: Ten people have been killed and 43 are still reported missing after a landslide at a community gold mine in Bone Bolango, Gorontalo province, Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sunday.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) spokesman Abdul Muhari said on Tuesday that district disaster management agencies were continuing to verify the number of missing people.

He said in a statement that a search and rescue operation involving more than 200 people in Turabolo village, East Swawa district, was temporarily halted at 6pm on Monday due to heavy rains.

“The safety and security of our personnel is our number one priority and we will resume search operations as soon as the situation improves,” he said.

Abdul Muhari said the work faces major challenges including unstable soil conditions and impassable roads to the affected areas, making it a nine-hour walk to reach the site. – Bernama

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