Landslide At MCL: 14 Days Post Mishap Another Body Recovered

Talcher: Two weeks after the landslide at the open cast mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in Bharatpur of Talcher on July 23, a rescue team today retrieved another unidentified body from the debris.

Though bodies of three labourers were pulled out of the rubble following the landslide, whereabouts of a missing security guard Ramesh Das is yet to be known.

The authorities of MCL had said that four workers were killed and nine others were injured in the accident at Bharatpur mine.

Meanwhile, coal mining and despatch operations continued to remain paralysed at the Talcher Coalfields of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) for the 13th day due to the agitation by the locals following the mishap.

Following this, power generation has been affected as power producers are facing coal shortage.

The agitating locals are demanding a safety inspection of the entire Talcher Coalfields along with a high-level probe into the incident and adequate compensation to the families of the deceased.

MCL, with 144 million tonne coal production in 2018-19, is the second-largest coal producing subsidiary of Coal India Limited, contributing 20 per cent to the total dry fuel produced in the country.