The Jakarta Post
The bodies of four more victims of a tunnel collapse at the Big Gossan underground training facility at the PT Freeport Indonesia mine have been recovered by the company's Emergency Response Group (ERG).
The victims were identified as Aris Tikupasang, Hengki Hendambo, Jhoni Tulak and Viktor Sanger.
Jhoni's body was brought out at around 10 p.m. local time on Saturday; it was subsequently taken to his home in Timika.
'We received Jhoni's body in Timika at 7 a.m. on Sunday, and on Monday it will be flown to Buakayu, Tana Toraja, via Makassar,' his relative, Yohanis Burrang, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
The bodies of Aris and Viktor were pulled out from the collapsed tunnel at 5 p.m. local time on Sunday while Hengki's body was later found at 6:45 p.m. Their bodies are still at Tembagapura Hospital.
Papua police spokesperson Sr.Comr.I Gede Sumerta Jaya said that with the latest bodies recovered, the casualty toll in the incident was nine dead and 10 injured.
The evacuation process to locate 19 workers who were still missing was ongoing, he added.
Freeport has suspended production activities and all of its activities are currently being focused on the emergency.
The tragedy occurred when the tunnel's roof in the QMS Underground area of Big Gossan suddenly collapsed at around 7:45 a.m. local time on Tuesday.
PT Freeport Indonesia's head of mine technical operations, Nurhadi Sabirin, said that a number of experts equipped with world-class equipment had been deployed to complete the rescue work as fast as possible. (ebf)
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