Indonesian authorities say they’re not certain how many people were buried in the collapse of a remote gold mine nearly a week ago but that the number could be as high as 100.
The disaster agency said Monday the official death toll from the collapse of the mine in North Sulawesi’s Bolaang Mongondow district is nine. Nineteen people were rescued with injuries from ranging from minor to serious.
Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there’s “no exact data on the number of victims.”
He said that “some say 30 people, 50 people, 60 people, even 100 people because at the time many were mining in big pits, while in small pits it was unknown.”
Nugroho said information from relatives is limited because many of the miners came from other areas.