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Jakarta Post

Four dead, 10 rescued in Freeport landslide

  • Yuliasri Perdani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 15, 2013   /  04:57 pm

Rescuers have retrieved four bodies of PT Freeport Indonesia employees and rescued 10 others from the company'€™s Big Gossan underground site in Mimika regency, Papua, a police official has said.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said to date 27 employees were still trapped in the rubble.

Tons of rock engulfed the site on Tuesday morning trapping 41 workers '€“ not 32 as reported previously '€“ who were taking part in safety training inside the facility.

'€œAll related parties are still trying to rescue the remaining 27 victims. We will investigate the cause of the accident, but for now we are still focusing on the rescue operation,'€ Agus said at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Freeport Indonesia corporate communications VP Daisy Primayanti earlier said that the firm had reported the incident respectively to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Mining Inspector.

Freeport Indonesia, the Indonesian affiliate of US-based miner Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., operates the Grasberg mine in Papua, which has the largest gold reserves and the second-largest
copper mine in the world.(dic)

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