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2 miners killed in landslide in Tembagapura

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura, Papua   /   Sun, July 30, 2017   /   11:00 am
2 miners killed in landslide in Tembagapura Fatal incident: Search and rescue personnel attempt to the remove bodies of two gold miners trapped in a landslide in Banti village, Tembagapura, Timika, Papua, on July 29. (Courtesy of the Tembagapura Police/File)

Two gold miners were killed on Saturday in a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Tembagapura, Timika, Papua.

The miners, Agus Sumarno, 35, and Sardiono, 30, died after a landslide buried their camp on the border of Utikini and Banti villages in Tembagapura at around 12:30 a.m., local time.

“They were buried under the soil. Five other people who were with them at the camp when the landslide occurred survived,” Tembagapura Police chief Adj. Comr. Hasmulyadi told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

An emergency rescue team from Freeport Indonesia and personnel from the Tembagapura Police managed to remove the bodies of both victims from the location at 2 a.m.

The victims were taken to Tembagapura Hospital. “The bodies arrived at the hospital at 7 a.m. and are still in the mortuary room,” said Hasmulyadi. Both miners will be buried in their hometown of Pati, Central Java.

Hasmulyadi said Banti was prone to landslides, especially if heavy rainfall occurred in areas around Tembagapura.

Saturday’s landslide cut off an access road connecting Banti village and Tembagapura. In 2016, a landslide occurred at the same location, but there were no fatalities at that time.  (ebf)