SYDNEY (Reuters) – Emergency companies are trying to find a person buried alive when a wall collapsed in a manganese mine in Australia’s Northern Territory, police mentioned on Sunday.
A wall on the open-cut Bootu Creek manganese mine failed on Saturday afternoon, engulfing the 59-year-old employee in a big quantity of soil and rock, police mentioned in an announcement.
Northern Territory Police Superintendent Christopher Board informed reporters in Darwin it was unlikely the person survived.
Excavations to seek out the person had been delayed attributable to security issues concerning the stability of the location.
Staff on the Bootu Creek operation mentioned they had been unable to remark when contacted by Reuters through phone on Sunday.
The mine, simply north of the distant city of Tennant Creek within the middle of Australia’s Northern Territory, is owned by Singapore-based OM Holdings.
The built-in manganese producer mines, trades and smelts ores in Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa, it says on its web site.
The Bootu Creek mine was positioned in administration in January 2016 earlier than resuming operations in early 2017.
The mine produced 814,040 tonnes of manganese ore in 2018, serving to the corporate to double its yearly web revenue to A$184.7 million ($124.75 million) in 2018, in line with OM Holdings’ annual report printed in April.
Reporting by Alison Bevege; Enhancing by Paul Tait