3 bodies recovered from coal mine

Two more bodies of coal workers, who were trapped in a coal mine in Odisha’s Talcher, have been recovered as the death toll in the incident has reached to three, an official said on Friday.

One person continues to remain trapped under the debris.

The accident occured following a strata collapse on Tuesday night at the Bharatpur open-cast mining project in the Talcher Coalfields of state-run Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).

At least nine people have been injured in the incident.

While the body of one Pupun Biswal (driver) of SICAL company (contractor) was recovered on Wednesday, bodies of Rashmi Ranjan Behera (supervisor) and Raj Kishore (Pump Khalasi) were recovered on Friday, an MCL statement said.

Rescue operations are underway on the third day for the fourth person missing after the collapse.

Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased in the coal mine accident.

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