At least illegal 12 miners are feared dead after a gold mine collapsed in Indonesia’s West Java province on Tuesday night.
According to local police, a lack of safety caused the accident, in the region's Bogor district, to occur.
The mine was closed by local administrators last month, but the miners had re-opened and worked the mine illegally.
Provincial police Chief Udjwala Prana Sigit said the survivors of the initial collapse “could be dead, as the collapse stopped oxygen supply; they had worked with a lack of safety standards”.
Evacuation is underway to retrieve the miners still believed alive, who are buried 10-30 metres underground.
At least 18 people were killed in similar circumstances earlier this month, when an illegal gold mine in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province collapsed.
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