Indonesia hunts for missing after mine collapse kills six

Rescue teams searching for miners buried by a landslide at an illegal gold mine on Sulawesi's Parigi Moutong district on Feb 25, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Rescuers hunted for at least one person still missing Thursday (Feb 25) after an illegal gold mine collapse in Indonesia killed six people.

A landslide Wednesday evening buried the remote site on Sulawesi island's Parigi Moutong district, where five women and one man died while some 16 survivors were pulled from the debris.

At least one person was still missing, authorities said.

Unlicensed mines are common across the mineral-rich South-east Asian archipelago and the scene of frequent accidents.

Last year, 11 miners died in Sumatra after a landslide sparked by heavy rains, with another nine people also killed in a landslide at an abandoned gold mine on the island.

In 2019, at least 16 people were buried alive when a mine collapsed in North Sulawesi.

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Rescue teams in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province searched for survivors on Thursday after a landslide in an illegal gold mining area killed six people, the search and rescue agency said.

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