Last Updated: Sunday, February 22, 2015

4 dead in landslide in Bosnia and Herzegovina coal mine

A landslide in Bosnia and Herzegovina coal mine has claimed lives of at least four people. Landslide occurred at an opencast lignite mine at Dubrave in northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina, Reuters has written quoting police and officials.

The people were buried while illegally collecting coal, probably with the intention to steal coal. However, the area could not be approached with big machines because of mud and huge piles of earth.

According to the mining inspector Nuraga Duranovic, the landslide was possibly caused by an earthquake that hit the area late on Saturday.

European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) has mentioned a magnitude 3.7 earthquake with epicenter 10 km S of Priboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina at 22:21 local time.

Landslide in central Bosnian town of Kakanj claimed life of a person and injured three others in first week of January. Among the injured, two children were pulled alive from the rubble by rescue services just hours after the incident.