JAKARTA – Seven miners died and five were hospitalized after inhaling toxic smoke from burning tires at an illegal gold mine on Indonesia’s Lombok Island, an official reported on Wednesday.
The incident took place on Tuesday in Buwun Mas village in Sekotong district in the southwest of the island, National Agency for Disaster Management spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on his Twitter account.
Sutopo said the miners were exposed to the toxic smoke when burning tires at the mouth of the mining pit caused a landslide.
Earlier this month, another six miners were killed in a landslide at an illegal gold mine on Celebes Island in eastern Indonesia due to heavy rain.
Illegal mining is common in Indonesia and accidents frequently occur due to lack of security measures.