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Boy drowns in abandoned mining pit in East Kalimantan

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

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Balikpapan, East Kalimantan   /   Tue, June 25, 2019   /  02:18 pm
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An unreclaimed mining pit in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, where the body of a drowned 10-year-old boy was found.(Courtesy of Jatam/-)

The body of a 10-year-old boy named Ahmad Setiawan was found on Saturday afternoon in a water-filled pit in Pinang village in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. The pit is believed to be an abandoned mining site. “The victim’s body was found at around 4:30 p.m., not far from the edge of the pit,” said Pradarma Rupang, an environmentalist with the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) East Kalimantan. He added that Setiawan was the 35th person to have drowned in an unreclaimed mining site in the province since 2011. Three weeks ago, a 12-year-old junior high school student also died in a similar accident. There are no warning signs near the pit. The provincial administration only issued a circular letter last month to call on mining companies to install fences around their former mining sites to prevent similar incidents from recurring. “Only God knows when these ki...