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Quarry accident kills 3 miners in Vietnam's Quang Ninh Province

Quarry accident kills 3 miners in Vietnam's Quang Ninh Province

Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 13:25 GMT+7
Quarry accident kills 3 miners in Vietnam's Quang Ninh Province
Leaders of Quang Ninh Province in northern Vietnam listen to a report, illustrated with a map, by a staff member (R, 2nd) of Quang Hanh Coal Company, where a coal pit accident occurred on May 13, 2024, killing three workers and injuring another. Photo: Quang Ninh Province Portal

Three workers were killed and another was injured due to soil and rock slides at a quarrying site in northern Vietnam on Monday, local authorities reported.

The deadly accident occurred at 3:00 pm when a mass of soil and rock slid from the coal pit Cam Pha City, Quang Ninh Province and buried four workers of Quang Hanh Coal Company, which is under the Vietnam National Coal - Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin).

Rescuers were dispatched to the scene, and after over three hours of searching, they discovered three workers dead in the debris and another injured.

The three deceased victims include Dinh Van Toan, 44, Bui Van Tuyen, 33, and Lau A Vu, 29, from Bac Giang, Hai Duong, and Son La Provinces, respectively, according to news site VnExpress.

The injured worker, Ly A Chia, 33, from Dien Bien Province, was taken to Cam Pha General Hospital for treatment.

Leaders of the Quang Ninh administration and representatives of relevant agencies came to the scene to direct the rescue operations.      

Local authorities initially gave VND18 million (US$705) to each of the families of the deceased and VND5 million ($196) to the injured worker.

Vinacomin and its trade union each provided VND20 million ($784) to the family of each fatality.

Quang Ninh authorities are investigating the cause of the serious accident.

Recently, mining accidents have continuously occurred in Quang Ninh, taking many lives.

In August 2023, four workers died in the collapse of a coal pit of Vang Danh Coal JSC in Uong Bi City.

Four months later, a soil and rock slide happened at the Coc Sau coal mine operated by Coc Sau Cold JSC in Cam Pha City, leaving two workers dead and six injured. 

In April this year, four coal miners were killed in a fire sparked by a methane gas blast at a coal mine owned by Thong Nhat Coal Company, also in Cam Pha.

All the three mining companies are operated by Vinacomin.

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Vinh Tho - Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre News


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