Sunday, May 19, 2013

1) Another body found in Freeport`s collapsed facility


1) Another body found in Freeport`s collapsed facility

2) Death Toll Rises to 12 in Freeport Mine Collapse

3) Four more bodies recovered from collapsed tunnel

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1) Another body found in Freeport`s collapsed facility

Sun, May 19 2013 17:28 | 112 Views
Jayapura, Papua province (ANTARA News) - Another body was found here on Sunday at PT Freeport Indonesia`s underground training facility that collapsed last May 15, company`s Vice President Corporate Communications Daisy Primayanti said.


"Current finding adds to the total number of casualties to be six people out of 38 employees who are trapped in the facility when it collapsed," she said.

Daisy explained the rescue team personnel are still trying to evacuate other victims in the location. Up till now, out of 38 employees said to be trapped in the facility, 10 have been found alive, six dead and the fate of 22 more is still unknown.

She mentioned rescuers are struggling to conduct evacuation due to unstable land around the location.

Reporting by Hendrina Dian Kandipi
Translating and Editing by Amie Fenia Arimb
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Editor: Jafar M Sidik
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2) Death Toll Rises to 12 in Freeport Mine Collapse



Timika. Twelve workers have been confirmed dead after a mine tunnel collapse in eastern Indonesia, but 16 others are still unaccounted for five days after the accident, the US operator said Sunday.
Rescuers on Saturday retrieved one more body and spotted the remains of six other workers, although they have not managed to reach them yet, said a statement from the Indonesian subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan.
Ten workers were rescued alive following the accident on Tuesday at the firm’s Grasberg mine, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines high in the mountains of rugged Papua province.
Rescuers’ progress “has been slow work because of the need to stabilise the ground and roof for every meter of debris and rock they clear,” the statement said.
The tunnel was part of an underground training facility and not one of the mining areas. Those inside at the time of the accident were direct employees and contract workers attending a safety training course.
Operations have been suspended since Wednesday to show sympathy with those affected, and the company has given no indication when operations will resume, or what might have caused the accident.
A group of protesters calling for safer working conditions continued to block a road at the mine on Sunday, but company spokeswoman Daisy Primayanti said the situation was under control.
Agence France-Presse
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3) Four more bodies recovered from collapsed tunnel

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The bodies of four more victims of a tunnel collapse at the Big Gossan underground training facility at the PT Freeport Indonesia mine have been recovered by the company’s Emergency Response Group (ERG).
The victims were identified as Aris Tikupasang, Hengki Hendambo, Jhoni Tulak and Viktor Sanger.
Jhoni’s body was brought out at around 10 p.m. local time on Saturday; it was subsequently taken to his home in Timika.
“We received Jhoni’s body in Timika at 7 a.m. on Sunday, and on Monday it will be flown to Buakayu, Tana Toraja, via Makassar,” his relative, Yohanis Burrang, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
The bodies of Aris and Viktor were pulled out from the collapsed tunnel at 5 p.m. local time on Sunday while Hengki’s body was later found at 6:45 p.m. Their bodies are still at Tembagapura Hospital.
Papua police spokesperson Sr.Comr.I Gede Sumerta Jaya said that with the latest bodies recovered, the casualty toll in the incident was nine dead and 10 injured.
The evacuation process to locate 19 workers who were still missing was ongoing, he added.
Freeport has suspended production activities and all of its activities are currently being focused on the emergency.
The tragedy occurred when the tunnel’s roof in the QMS Underground area of Big Gossan suddenly collapsed at around 7:45 a.m. local time on Tuesday.
PT Freeport Indonesia’s head of mine technical operations, Nurhadi Sabirin, said that a number of experts equipped with world-class equipment had been deployed to complete the rescue work as fast as possible. (ebf)
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