Bodies of 3 Myanmar Workers Killed in Mine Collapse Found

August 28, 2019 in mining

The bodies of two coal miners killed in Sunday’s collapse of a coal mine in Magwe Region’s Minhla Township were recovered on Tuesday, and a third had been located.

“Two bodies were recovered from the debris [on Monday] night. Another body is buried under a pile of soil and rescuers are still trying to exhume it,” said U Myint Zaw, Magwe Region’s minister of natural resources and environmental conservation.

The coal mine operated by the Inngyin Taung mining company collapsed on Sunday (25 August 2019) evening after heavy rains caused it to flood.

Four miners—Ko Aung Chan Thar (16), Ko Naing Htet Oo (20) and Ko Soe Aung (19) of Min Hla Township, and Ko Paing Soe Win (28) of Ann Township—were trapped in the 600-foot-deep pit.

Rescue workers tried to pump the water out and entered the pit in an effort to find the missing miners. However, they only found the bodies of three of the men.

“Workers told investigators that a pond located on a hill burst its banks, sending a mass of water flowing into the pit. They ran out of the pit but the four could not escape as the mine collapsed,” the minister said.

There are about 40 small and medium-sized coal mines operated by nine mining companies in the Minhla coal mining area, producing a total of about 2,000 tons of coal per month.