Illegal gold mine collapse kills 18 in Indonesia

Agence France-Presse
Illegal gold mine collapse kills 18 in Indonesia
Illegal gold mining has boomed in Indonesia due to the surge of precious metal prices, and deaths are common

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Eighteen people were killed after an illegal gold mine collapsed in remote central Indonesia, a search and rescue official said Sunday, October 5.

The collapse occurred before noon Saturday, October 4 in west Borneo, in a hilly area where illegal gold mining is rampant, the official said.

“We conducted a search operation last night, but we have stopped the operation now as we have found all of the bodies reported to be missing,” local rescue official Leonardus Sabar Umbara told Agence France-Presse.

Sixteen victims were male, including a 17-year-old, while two others were female, Umbara added.

Illegal gold mining has boomed in Indonesia in recent years as the price of the precious metal has surged, and deaths are common.

(READ: Death toll rises to 21 in Indonesian mine collapse)

In July, a landslide killed nine men at an illegal gold mine in remote Papua province. -Rappler.com

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