ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Mine Disaster : Symptom of Ill-Health

The frequency of coal mine accidents tells a story of long neglect – of workers and of workplaces and of the industry itself. On Friday 38 miners in the Bagdigi colliery of Bharat Coking Coal near Dhanbad were trapped when routine explosives caused a breach resulting in water from an adjoining pond flooding the mine. With the floodwaters rapidly filling up the mine, there is now little chance of any of the miners coming out alive. While an inquiry into the disaster will no doubt be instituted, there appears to be sufficient evidence already to show that this was an avoidable tragedy.

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