Gem mine collapses, six injured
Dec 16, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Seven young men digging up a gem pit at Puhulwella in Kirinda were buried under a mound of earth that collapsed accidentally this evening. Thihagoda police with the help of the Army and the residents of the area evacuated six men, one of them in a critical condition, and admitted to the Matara Hospital.
Police took about four hours to evacuate the six men who were buried about five feet under the earth mound. They had dug up to the gem pit to a depth of about 30 feet when the mound of earth collapsed. One of those injured in the incident was the owner of the gem pit.
They had been digging up the gem pit for about two weeks on a license obtained from relevant authorities. The men were working at the bottom of the gem pit at the time of the incident.