Bodies of eight laborers from Bihar were recovered on Tuesday after a stone mine collapsed in Mizoram on Monday. The search is still on for 4 other laborers, who are still feared trapped. According to the information received from the sources, the workers of ABCI Infrastructure Pvt Ltd in Modrah in the Hnahthial district of the state had just returned after the lunch break when the stone quarry collapsed. Due to the collapse of the mine, more than 10 workers and drilling machines were buried in the mine.
Lalhariatpuia, Additional Secretary, of Mizoram's Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Department, said that around 15 people were at the site at the time of the mine collapse. Citing reports received from the district, he said that the crude method of excavation used by the people could be the cause of the tragedy. District officials said that a medical team is at the spot.
SP Kumar said that the rescue operation is going on. Soon after the incident, Hanhathiyal district officials and a medical team also reached the spot. People who were aware of the incident told that the workers were collecting stones by vandalizing the mine, then the soil caved in from above.
State Disaster Response Force, BSF, and Assam Rifles have also been called to help in the search and rescue operation. Mining work is going on in the mine for two and a half years. Maud is a small village which is located about 23 km away from Hanthiyal town. The company, which is currently building a highway between Hanthiyal and Don village, collects stones or boulders from the quarry.