At least four people have died and several others are feared trapped following a landslide in a mining zone in Haryana’s Bhiwani district on Saturday. The district administration has launched a rescue operation at the Dadam mining zone in Tosham block.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted to say that he is in constant touch with the local administration to ensure swift rescue operations and immediate assistance to the injured.
The workers were reportedly travelling to another site when the landslide took place and they got trapped in their vehicles.
“I am deeply saddened by the accident at the mining site in Bhiwani district of Haryana. The administration is conducting a rescue operation. A SDRF team has been called from Madhuban and a NDRF team from Ghaziabad. An army unit has been called from Hisar. So far four people have died,” said Haryana minister Anil Vij.
Agriculture Minister JP Dalal has reached the site to oversee the rescue operation. “A few people have lost their lives and three persons have been taken to a hospital. According to the mining contractor here, there could be three-four more people trapped inside,” he said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed grief over the unit and said he has spoken to the chief minister.
“The accident due to a landslide at a mining site in Bhiwani district of Haryana is very sad. I have spoken to Chief Minister @mlkhattar. The local administration is engaged in rescue work, and our priority is to save as many lives as possible. I wish the injured a speedy recovery (sic),” he said in a tweet.
Mining activities have been taking place on a large scale in Dadam mining area and Khanak Pahari after the National Green Tribunal lifted its ban on mining work in the area. The two-month ban, imposed by the green court due to pollution, was lifted on Thursday and the mining work resumed only on Friday.