The aftermath of a landslide at an illegal tin mine in Bangka on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the BNPB)

Three Dead in Landslide at Illegal Tin Mine on Bangka Island


JUNE 20, 2019

Jakarta. Three miners died after a landslide hit an illegal tin mine in a village in Central Bangka, a district in the Bangka Belitung Islands province, on Tuesday. 

"Faulty mining methods coupled with medium-intensity rain might have caused the landslide," Rita Rosita Simatupang from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said on Wednesday.

She said rescuers rushed to evacuate the victims and managed to rescue one miner who was injured. Another miner is still missing.

"Rescue operation was halted this afternoon due to more rains," Rita said.

Illegal mining for tin and sand is common practice in the area.