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Update: 50 dead in Indian coal mine

RESCUERS have recovered the bodies of the 50 Indian coal miners who died when the mine’s roof collapsed following an explosion, a senior official said on Saturday.

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Update: 50 dead in Indian coal mine

Earlier reports estimated up to 57 miners were trapped but figures were revised to 50 after it was found seven miners did not go down into the mine last Wednesday, the day of the accident, Reuters reported.

The accident occurred at a coal mine owned by Bharat Coking Coal.

“Rescue teams have the bodies of all the 50 coal workers who were trapped,” a mine official said.

“There are no more bodies in the mine.”

The miners had been working a depth of 460m when an explosion to open a new mining area caused the roof collapse, causing the release of deadly methane gas bringing oxygen levels to almost zero, officials said.

New Delhi has ordered a probe into the accident in the western Jharia area, about 170km north of Jharkhand's capital, Ranchi, Reuters reported.

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