21 Jul 2010

Man scavenging for gold in Papua mine tailings killed in landslide

4:29 pm on 21 July 2010

A man collecting trace amounts of gold near a giant U.S-owned mine in Indonesia's Papua has been killed and others have been injured in a landslide.

The landslide occurred three kilometres from the Freeport-McMoRan copper and gold mine.

A spokesperson for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, Priyadi Kardono, says the company had sent heavy equipment to help the rescue efforts.

Many people earn their living retrieving tiny amounts of gold and copper from the mine's tailings, a practice banned by Freeport because it is considered dangerous.