AT least nine people have died and dozens are trapped under mud after a coal mine collapsed in India.
Around 30 people are thought to be trapped after the huge open-pit coal mine crumbled in Jharkand, Godda.
Hari Lal Couhan, Superintendent of Police in Godda, said five bodies have been pulled out of the debris so far.
As many as 20 vehicles were reportedly buried in the colossal landslide, which took place Thursday evening local time.
The cause of the tragedy is still being investigated.
A National Disaster Response Force are helping dig through the mud.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter: “Saddened by the loss of lives at a mine in Jharkhand. My prayers are with those trapped inside.”
Jharkand is one of India’s major coal-producing sites and is run by state-owned Eastern Coalfields Limited.