Three workers were killed and one was injured when the wall of a rock quarry operating without a government permit collapsed in Taung Nyo village in northwestern Myanmar’s Sagaing region on Monday, a local fire official and rescue worker told RFA’s Myanmar Service.
Five people were working in the quarry, and three men and one woman were inside a mine area when the collapse occurred, they said.
The dead included two men and one woman, they said.
The injured man was taken to a hospital in Mandalay, while emergency personnel tried to rescue two other workers who were trapped by 12 feet of collapsed rock, they said
Emergency rescue teams arrived 30 minutes after the collapse, and soldiers, police, fire department members, and local NGO workers used machines to rescue the miners, they said.
It is an illegal quarry, said Kyaw Kyaw Naing, assistant director of the Sagaing Fire Department. They were mining with machines underneath, and the top soil was soft. It collapsed because of vibrations from the machines.
Rescue team member Lin Lin Oo said the female worker died of a head injury, and one of the men sustained a large cut on his waist from a big stone.
We tried to rescue them in a way so as not to cause additional injuries, he told RFA.
Rock quarries, which supply gravel for building and roadway construction, often collapse in this region, but nobody had died there before, locals said.
It is dangerous to perform mining without proper safety equipment, said Sagaing resident Aung Myint Tun. It would be good to do this kind of work with a legal license and regulations for the use of safety equipment.
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