JAKARTA - At least 25 sand miners were feared dead in a sandslide Thursday in Sulawesi Island, eastern Indonesia, said Indonesia's Health Ministry. Head of crisis center of the ministry Rustam Pakaya said the accident occurred when the miners were collecting sand in a local sand mine. "A huge amount of sand came down and buried the 25 people yesterday afternoon," he told.
Rescue operation was underway as none of the bodies had not been found so far, said Pakaya. Lack of safety regulations and measures has been blamed for the common mining accidents in Indonesia.